Most teenagers would like to enjoy their free summers from school. Hang out at the pool, go on family vacations, play video games, read comic books, and all the other stereotypical things that adults believe thirteen-year-old boys do. Nathan Duszynski decided to be proactive and get a summer job; mowing lawns and shoveling snow are jobs he’s done in the past, and are simple fare for kids to do for a few bucks.
Nathan had higher sights.
Nathan opened Nathan’s Hot Dog Hut.
This is where we’d like to commend a kid for saving up money for a $1,500 hot dog cart and having a very successful business over the summer. That’s what we’d like to do, but the city of Holland, Michigan, shut him down almost immediately. While him and his parents believed to have all the proper paperwork and everything set up, Holland bans street vendors from the area he set up in; it conflicts with local business, and is only allowed during the Tulip Festival.
The story would be largely ignored if it weren’t for the fact that Nathan opened up the cart for both college and to help out his parents, both with disabilities (mom with epilepsy, dad with multiple sclerosis).
With such a noble cause for the kid, a local business, Shoreline Contianer, purchased the cart for $2,500. Beyond an instant $1,000 profit, they’re going to let him use the cart wherever he wants, and when they use it for events, they’ll hire him to work the stand.
It’s a story with a good end, despite how depressing it could be.