Christmas Controversy: The Oregon Girl Banned from Selling Mistletoe

She'll probably be running for President someday

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Mirko Stelzner

An 11-year-old from Portland, Ore., tried to sell mistletoe at a public park last weekend. But rather than making a little money to pitch in for her braces, Madison Root became the center of a media maelstrom—after a park guard said she couldn’t operate a business without a permit, under city code, instead suggesting she could simply ask people for donations.

The girl’s father, upset that his daughter could legally beg but not engage in commerce on the public property, aired his grievances to local TV station KATU. Since the outlet told Madison’s tale on Sunday, the station had fielded orders for mistletoe from all over the nation, someone has offered her $1,000 in seed money and the Portland mayor has announced that he’s reviewing the city code. Begging, a local parks official said, is protected as a form of free speech.

The situation could hardly be better designed to ignite passions about America being a welfare state, about young Americans being raised to depend on handouts rather than locating their bootstraps and giving them a good yank. For her part, Madison is playing perfectly into the political subtext of her story. “It’s not about the mistletoe,” she said in a follow-up interview with KATU. “And it’s not about me. It’s about all of us. It’s about how we’re raising wimps, how people would rather beg for money than work hard!”

A few details detract from the story’s outrage-stirring underdog drama: Madison was told she could sell her mistletoe nearby, just beyond the boundary of the park. And her family isn’t sinking in the quicksands of poverty—they didn’t need any additional money for the braces. The local organization that approves vendors in the park has also invited her to return, without paying the normal permit fee.

But those details are easily eclipsed by headlines like this one from Fox News: “Orders for mistletoe pour in after Oregon girl told she can’t sell them, but can beg for money at city park.” Given her comfort in front of camera, it wouldn’t be surprising to see young, braces-clad Madison Root out stumping for pro-business politicians in 2014. For that matter, her oratory wouldn’t be out of place on stage at the next Republican National Convention.

In time, we shall see if this snafu has birthed a star. Meanwhile, it seems Madison will be struggling to fill more than $3,000 worth of orders for the classic holiday plants, which she had picked from her uncle’s nearby farm. “There was never enough mistletoe for this,” her father told KATU.

17 comments
TheWolverine
TheWolverine

Contrary to the theme of Time's degradation of Free Enterprise.  Young Madison Root's entrepreneur spirit generated 40 jobs, wherein those folks helped her fill over ten thousand orders of boxed mistletoe.


IN short, Madison Root is a successful  entrepreneur who  stood upon her OWN two feet investing her time to secure funds to pay FOR her dentistry needs.  Thanks to the statutory foolishness of a Local Governance, Madison learned how to overcome governmental  interference from where she generated enough PROFIT after paying her 40 person staff, to pay for her Dental Braces, and then had enough to pay for her Friends!


Taylor14
Taylor14

Madison's father owns a Marketing company that makes Marketing Viral software.  This story went Viral within hours. Hummm? A website was up and rolling within hours of the story for donations, accepting every type of credit card, so was it built before the story?  Her grown brother who is the VP of the Marketing company launched new software that following Monday, was that a coincidence or strategic planning?  Madison had her Ortho appoint already set for first thing Monday morning after her attempt to sell her product.  Madison's father went off on the security guard when the news camera started rolling.  They live in West Lynn one of the most prestigious cities in the state of Oregon, their home is worth approx. a half million dollars and her father’s very financially accomplished company is located in Bridgeport one of the most expensive areas to lease.  A story was made up of a non story.  The media ran with bits and pieces of information that they did not research to the extent that we would all hope that the press should research their stories.  Responsible media should have done a thorough job and told both sides of this story not just the sweet side that everyone this time of the year wants to read about.  The fact that this story went around the world tells the real story of irresponsible reporting and how eager the press is ready to pounce on mundane events and turn them into news, the old telephone game played as a child, the story just got bigger and out of control and away from the facts.   Sad that this story ever happened.  What about the poor market and the security man (I am sure he never received an apology) he was just doing his job, her story made them all come across as if they were Ebenezer himself.  The market, the city of Portland and the Security man are the victims of irresponsible reporting.  Shame...............

ranger29005
ranger29005

Wow. Started as an actual news source, but ended as a negative opinion source. Amazing to me you keep a job! This girl got off her ass and tried to help. That's bad? How? Why?

RobinDescamp
RobinDescamp

www.askdescamp.com for a blog about this story 

Madalyn973
Madalyn973

Madison just needs to grow up to be President. Then she can ignore all the laws she wants.

barkway2
barkway2

We have kids here who sell things all the time at flea markets, neighborhood yard sales, and park events but they "work hard" to find out what the local laws and vendor regulations require regarding permits and fees. No one was telling Madison she couldn't work, or implying that her generation should beg for handouts (shameless, conservative messaging, most likely fed to her by an adult). The  real lesson was in the proper ways to establish a business, and that like Corps, even the self-employed are not above the law. Unfortunately, young Madison probably won't learn that lesson because of all the media attention she is getting for her parroting of adult, conservative talking points about working hard and not asking for handouts (presumably aimed at the country's growing population of of poor, disadvantaged, and homeless).

rebelman38655
rebelman38655

Some are very confused on what this is all about. It's not about her not being able to sell there. Its what happen when she was told, she had to leave but the beggars didn't. Seeing how she thinks, I'm pretty sure she would have had no problem with it. If the beggars had been told they could not sell their breath for money.

Sure, her parents can afford it. She just like some in this country, want to contribute to society. Feel good about working for something instead of expecting someone else (her parents) to do it for her. It is the exact opposite of what our country is coming to. 

The new norm is you have to be a beggar. Depend on someone else to do it for you.

If you don't want to contribute, then your a beggar.

seriovitium
seriovitium

"And her family isn’t sinking in the quicksands of poverty—they didn’t need any additional money for the braces."

Wow - seriously? What the hell does that mean? Should people be means-tested before they're allowed to try and make money? At what point is the free market cut off to people based on what they may or may not "need" - and who (besides TIME, obviously) is the arbiter of that decision?

Newsflash: All kids NEED income because they're broke. This girl was trying to help her parents, whether they "need" it or not. While TIME and this generation of adults in general appear to think that it's just fine for parents to do everything/pay for everything, we're already beginning to see the fruits of THAT god-awful thinking with the next generation rising up or, as I call them, the Most Entitled Generation of Human Beings ever.

This story strikes a chord because it exemplifies the problem with the welfare mentality, and the left has to knock this girl down a peg or two because allowing ANY criticism of the welfare state and the freebie mentality is to allow ALL criticism. We can't have a young girl thinking this way! It's positively unseemly! Quick, discredit her! FOX NEWS FOX NEWS REPUBLICANS GEORGE BUSH KOCH BROTHERS!

Okay the republic is safe now. Next?

zing
zing

Count on Fox News for your daily distortions of reality. What a shameful exercise.

MichaelVanderdrift
MichaelVanderdrift

Well said! I couldn't have said it better. The modern day Liberal mentality is a disease in teaching our children. I give this girl so much credit in her drive and entrepreneurial spirit, only to be crushed by over - regulating Statist Government loving NANNIES. First it's lemonade stands = illegal without permit, now add mistletoe to the list.

Statist Liberals will kick and scream like angry sheep that it's THE LAW, not questioning for a second how ridiculous the law actually is. Just keep sucking on the big Government regulation - happy tits of their leaders. This type of mentality is going to bite you in the ass one day.

twhiting9275
twhiting9275

@seriovitium What does that mean? It means that mommy and daddy have no issues paying for things themselves. The PARENTS , the ones who are responsible for paying for things SHOULD have paid for them.

Furthermore, as daddy is supposedly a business owner, there is NO EXCUSE for her not following the law. Zip.

This is just the media trying to tug at the heartstrings of liberal America. I GUARANTEE you this was orchestrated and organized

twhiting9275
twhiting9275

@zing Fox isn't the only one distorting this.

KATU - the organization reporting this - ABC
KOMO TV - the OTHER major network misinforming the public? ALSO ABC
Before you go attacking networks, make sure you get your facts straight, mkay?

AnnEbling
AnnEbling

@twhiting9275 @seriovitium Obviously you do not believe in teaching children on how to work and earn money. If you listen to her interview you would realize  this is what she wanted to do. What a responsible young lady she is. The government has too many rules and regulations to squash free enterprise.

MarkNeill
MarkNeill

@twhiting9275@zingOther news channels reported the story incompletely, so it's, like, totally fine for FOX to add this to the War On Christmas-cum-Welfare Slackers meme they run with a hundred times a day?

No.  FOX still reported it wrong, then doubled down on being wrong.

MarkNeill
MarkNeill

@AnnEbling@twhiting9275@seriovitiumObviously you don't believe that a kid that wants to earn money should follow the rules for earning money in the way she chose.

Selling in the park is a permit-required activity there.  She didn't have a permit.  She was offered a free permit.

Yet another example of how breaking the rules is bad, but IOKIYAR.