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Brother, Can You Spare $4,800?

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The Portland Saturday Market may be a good place to panhandle for money, but as Madison Root found out, it’s not the right venue for starting a small business.

Root is an 11-year-old Oregon girl who decided to help her father pay for her braces, which will cost $4,800, by cutting, decorating, and selling mistletoe at the Portland Saturday Market. A private security guard asked her to stop selling because she had not gone through the formal vendor application process. However, since panhandling is a form of free speech protected by the Constitution, she was told she could simply ask for donations to pay for her braces.

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Said Madison: “I don’t want to beg! I would rather work for something than beg.”

If there were a heck of a lot more Madisons in this world, we’d have a heck of a lot less problems.

Source: KATU News

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