Someone reported 13 year old for selling without a license and then the city did something amazing
After someone called the city on 13 year old Jaequan Faulkner for not having a permit to operate his small hot dog stand outside of his home, the city’s health department intervened. Instead of forcing him to shut down the stand, the city’s officials decided to help him instead. Mister Faulkner’s Old Fashioned Hot Dogs
Health director Dan Huff said “ When I realized what it was, I said... we can help him get the permit. Let’s make this a positive thing and help him become a business owner.”
So what they did was pay the $87 fee to obtain a special event permit AND they helped him get the extra equioment he needed. That includes” food containers, thermometers, hand sanitizers and more”. Now they are taking the time to help him learn more about running a business.
Jaequan’s next plan is to buy a food cart to expand his business next summer. He told the Star Tribune, “I like having my own business, I like letting people know just because I’m young doesn’t mean I can’t do” anything. He also plans to put 25 cents from every sale toward raising awareness about youth suicide and depression, which Star Tribune reports he has struggled with.
If you’re in Minneapolis, Jaequan is open every Monday through Friday from 11am-3pm. His stand is located in North Minneapolis on Penn Avenue North. He serves roughly 20 customers a day.
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