Nanny State

11-Year-Old Told to Get Permit to Sell Mistletoe, Security Guard Allegedly Told Her She Could Beg Instead

Was raising money for her dad's medical expenses


An 11-year-old girl was barred from selling mistletoe at a holiday market in Portland, Ore., for not having a permit. But she was told it was ok to beg.

No, this is not a Portlandia sketch.

Madison Root wanted to help her dad pay for her braces, which cost almost $5,000. So she cut, chopped and bagged mistletoe from her uncle's farm before heading to the Portland Saturday Market.