A 13-year-old Holland entrepreneur thought he would be able to sell hot dogs and financially help his family with the purchase of a food cart.

Unfortunately, city zoning officials have shut down his business, based on an ordinance that prohibits competition to brick-and-mortar restaurants from mobile food vendors. The Mackinac Center's own Anne Schieber investigates.

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(Editor's note: Since the posting of this video, Doug Johnson, stepfather of Nathan Duszynski, has been arrested.)

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