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PORTLAND, Oregon (KGW) -- An Oregon 6th grader and some bags of mistletoe are putting a spotlight on Portland's panhandler clogged streets.

On Saturday 11-year-old Madison Root was told she couldn't sell mistletoe near Skidmore Fountain, even though she was standing amid buskers and people begging for money.

"We understand that the Saturday Market, World Market and Skidmore Market are for vendors paying for space," Ashton said. "However, the Skidmore fountain area is considered a public park and is always full of musicians, acrobats, singers, jugglers and a whole lot of people flat out begging for money."

But private security with Pacific Patrol Services quickly swept in and told the little girl she was welcome to give her mistletoe away, but she couldn't sell it.