MN Teen Selling Hot Dogs W/O A Permit, What The City Did Next Surprised Everyone
A thirteen-year-old Minnesota boy had a dream to raise enough money to buy some new clothes for the upcoming school year. He decided he'd sell hot dogs. Jaequan Faulkner may be young, but he already has the entrepreneurial spirit. The Minnesota boy opened his very own hot dog stand in hopes of raising enough money to buy new clothes for the next school year.
The stand, which Jaequan aptly named, Mr. Faulkner's Old Fashioned Hot Dogs, was opened on Penn Avenue North earlier this summer. But this wasn't Jaequans first time selling hot dogs. He ran another hot dog stand in 2016 with the help of his uncle, but took the summer of 2017 off, you gotta be a kid every now and then, right? Now that he's back, Faulkner said, "It puts pride in me to see that I'm doing something good for the community," KARE- reports.
Faulkner's hot dog stand was promoted by the Facebook page "Bike Cops for Kids," which encouraged people to visit. Business was booming for Faulkner, but there was one problem with his stand -- it did not have a permit.
The health department received a complaint about Faulkner's stand, according to Minneapolis Health Inspector Logan Ebeling. According to the city, all businesses that serve food to the public must pass city health inspections to get permitted. But instead of shutting down Faulkner's business, several city departments came together to help.
The health department, Minneapolis Promise Zone and the Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON) helped bring the hot dog stand up to code. The permit usually costs $87, but the health department covered that cost.
The city also helped Faulkner learn about the business side of things, like finance, marketing and pricing. Faulkner got a tent for overhead protection and a hand-washing station. The city also gave him a thermometer to check the temperatures of his sausages and hot dogs. All of these improvements helped Mr. Faulkner's Old Fashioned Hot Dogs get up to code.
The best part about the news interview was Jaequan's quote "Surprisingly, I'm like, 'Dang, the city's not the bad guys in this situation.'