December 3rd, 2013 12:26 EST
Christmas Outrage: Girl, 11, Barred From Selling Mistletoe to Fund Braces: Video
"Driven by her budding entrepreneurial instincts, an 11-year-old Oregon girl wanted to help her dad pay for her braces by selling mistletoe over the holidays, but she got tangled up in red tape instead.
Madison Root, of Portland, hit the downtown market on Saturday morning to sell the plants that she said she cut and wrapped herself from her uncle`s farm in Newberg, Ore.
But a private security guard hired by Portland Saturday Market asked her to stop selling the mistletoe because city rules ban conducting business or soliciting at a park without proper approval and documentation."
The security officer informed the young girl that she could ask for donations for her braces, but she couldn`t sell her mistletoe without a license.
Madison felt insulted by the guard`s proposal, she`s not ashamed to work selling mistletoe, but begging offends her strong worth ethic.
Most young people see their parents as ATM`s; they expect them to finance all of their needs, both the practical and necessary like getting braces, as well as the extravagant like a new iPhone.
In this age when parents inundate their children with designer clothes and high-tech gadgets, there are not many kids who would volunteer to work to help their parents pay for their braces.
Not everybody is a Scrooge; since the story went viral online Madison has been flooded with mistletoe orders.
The precocious girl got her first set of braces on Monday; I hope Santa melts when he sees her smile and gives her tons of presents.