Eleven year old Madison Root came up with what she thought was an innovative way to raise money for her braces. Selling bags of mistletoe on the street corner.
Sorry Madison, you need a permit for that. But hey, you can beg for the money!
An 11-year-old girl from Portland, Ore. has been told that she can’t sell mistletoe to help defray the cost of braces, but she can beg for the money on the city’s streets.
According to KATU-TV, Madison Root and her father were selling bags of the hand-cut, hand-wrapped Christmas favorite Saturday morning next to the Skidmore Fountain in downtown Portland, where the city holds a weekly market. Everything was going well until a security guard told her that she had to stop selling due to a city ordinance that bans such activity in a park “except as expressly permitted under the terms of a lease, concession or permit.”
The guard then told Madison that she could sell her mistletoe outside the boundaries of the park where the fountain and the market are located, away from the crowds, or she could simply ask for donations to cover the cost of her braces.
Because begging encourages dependency dontcha know. And of course beggars invariably vote Democrat.
“I don’t want to beg! I would rather work for something than beg,” Madison told KATU reporter Dan Cassuto. “It’s crazy. People can get money for pot. But I can’t get money for braces. I’m working for this! They’re just sitting down on their butts all day asking for pot.”
A Portland Parks Bureau spokesman told the station that begging is a form of free speech and is protected by the First Amendment.
Working? That’s so last century! Free stuff is where it’s at. Or so Obama told me.