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Hey, Cupcake, we’re shutting you down: 11-year-old entrepreneur targeted for lacking permit

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.

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Chloe Stirling with her creations.

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.

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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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