City to Girl: You Can't Sell Mistletoe, but You Can Beg
11-year-old runs into rules of vendors and panhandlers
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2013 4:27 PM CST

(Newser) – An 11-year-old entrepreneur in Portland, Oregon, got a strange lesson in grown-up economics when she tried to sell mistletoe near the city's public market, reports KATU. A security guard informed her she'd have to move outside the city park's boundaries—or she could just plunk down on the sidewalk and simply ask people for money. "I don't want to beg," says Madison Root, who was trying to make a few bucks to help pay for new braces but opted against the suggestion. "I would rather work for something than beg." One bright spot: One viewer who saw the story on the local news promptly placed 30 orders.