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Girl can't sell mistletoe, but can beg for cash

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Portland, OR - An Oregon girl says she's come up with a way to raise money for her braces, but city officials say, without a permit, she's only allowed to beg for the cash she needs.

So here are the ground rules for making money at the Portland Saturday Market.

You can put on a show. You can hold up a sign. And, of course, you can setup a booth.  You can sell anything you make, even if it's not clear what it actually does.

KATU reporter Dan Casssuto was able to sit down with Madison Root who had hand-picked mistletoe just the day before.

(Reporter): "You are a troublemaker."
(Madison): "Yes."

Madison is young, but she's not naive.  She knows the Skidmore Fountain's a city park open to everyone.

(Reporter): "The Saturday Market is kind of a diverse place."
(Madison) : "Yes."
(Reporter): "You see a lot of people doing all kinds of things here."
(Madison) : "Yes."
(Reporter): "Did you think you'd have any problems?"
(Madison): "No. I wouldn't think i'd have any problems because people are asking for money, people are selling stuff, this is a public place."

Her smile's why she cut, chopped and bagged a hundred bags of mistletoe from her uncle's farm.

She's raising money for braces.

Portland Parks Bureau says -- you still need a license to sell-- but you can always just beg.

Madison's response to that, "There were people just next to me that have big signs that say got pot. They're raising money for pot, and I'm trying to sell mistletoe."

(Reporter): "How come you don't want to beg?"
(Madison) : "I don't want to beg! I would rather work for something than beg."

Madison says she agrees there should be rules about who's allowed to sell.  She thinks there should be an exception for kids.  She knows she's allowed to sell on the sidewalk outside the market, but that's not where the customers are.

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KATU via CNN Newssource

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