City Helps Young Hotdog Stand Owner Gets Permits
We have another Permit Patty case n the horizon, and this one also has a happy ending.
A thirteen-year-old Minneapolis boy who had been selling hotdogs outside of his home since 2016 was temporarily shut down after he was reported to the city. But, instead of shutting down a teen’s hot dog stand after a complaint, the city helped him start a business.
According to Q13 Fox, when the city received the complaint a few weeks ago, the Minneapolis Department of Health started making calls to help him.
“When I realized what it was, I said, ‘No, we’re not going to just go and shut him down’ like we would an unlicensed vendor,” Minneapolis Environmental Health Director Dan Huff said. “We can help him get the permit. Let’s make this a positive thing and help him become a business owner.” The Health Department staff even put up the cash to help Jaequan pay for his $87 permit. The also spent time training Jaequan on how to take the temperature of the hot dogs so they’re above 140 degrees and brought him a thermometer and a hand-washing station.