An 11-year-old budding entrepreneur is learning the hard way that really is such a thing as too much publicity – or too much government.
Hard-working Troy, Ill., resident Chloe Stirling made the front page of her local paper, the Belleville News-Democrat, on Sunday in an article touting the success of her business, Hey, Cupcake.
The article told how Chloe’s sold hundreds of the sugary treats as one business. She also hires herself out as a pet-sitter. Between the two jobs, she’s salting away dough to chip in to buy a car when she reaches the ripe old age of 16.
That was on Sunday. By Monday, local government was swinging into action – and putting the screws on Chloe for operating without a permit, according to KMOV-4 in St. Louis.
“They called and said they were shutting us down,” said Chloe’s mother, Heather Stirling, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Chloe didn’t just need a permit. She needed her own bakery, or a kitchen entirely separate from the one in the family home, her mother, Heather Stirling told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“Obviously, we can’t do that,” Heather Stirling said. “We’ve already given her a little refrigerator to keep her things in, and her grandparents bought her a stand mixer
“But a separate kitchen? Who can do that?” Heather Stirling said.
If that line about her grandparents buying a stand mixer didn’t get you, you have a heart of stone. Which probably means you work for the government. So on that note, enter the Madison County Health Department.
“People will react how they choose to react,” a health department spokeswoman told the Post-Dispatch. “But it is our job.”
No word yet on whether Chloe can still pet sit without a permit.
H/T: The Blaze
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