Priorities, priorities. Taxpayer dollars recently went towards shutting down the cupcake business of an 11-year-old who put her time and effort towards helping cancer victims. Chloe Stirling operated the business out of her parent’s kitchen and hoped to raise enough money to buy a car by the time she was 16. But after a local newspaper ran a story about the cute business venture, the local health department came and shut down the cupcake operation.
Health officials told the family that unless they bought an actual bakery or built a separate kitchen, the pre-teen would be forced to stop making cupcakes. Considering that Chloe charged $2 per cupcake, this was hardly a viable option. Her mother, Heather, said she was willing to get necessary licenses and permits for Chloe to run the business, but couldn’t afford the expenses of a separate kitchen.
“We’ve already given her a little refrigerator to keep her things in, and her grandparents bought her a stand mixer,” said Heather. “But a separate kitchen? Who can do that?”
Health department spokeswoman Amy Yeager was unrelenting and said the shutdown was necessary in order to protect the public. “The guidelines apply to everyone,” she said. “People will react how they react. But it is our job.”
Back in 2012, Chloe’s cupcake business made headlines when she donated cupcakes to raise money for a boy diagnosed with cancer at her school. She also previously donated an order of 220 cupcakes for a cancer fundraiser.