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Sidewalk scooter ban scuttles 10 year old girl's delivery service

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A young entrepreneur's budding delivery business has skidded out, thanks to a ban on scooters in downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Savannah Nelson learned about the ordinance when she was stopped by a policeman while zipping along a sidewalk.

Since last spring, the ten-year-old has been ferrying coffee, ice cream and lunch for shopkeepers like her parents, Bryan and Jeannie Nelson. The family lives above their store, The Chocolate Lady.

Her enterprise screeched to a halt late last month when the police officer delivered the bad news: a city ordinance bans skateboards, bicycles or anything else with human-propelled wheels from the downtown sidewalks.

City lawyer Karen McDonald says it's meant to protect other people who want to use the sidewalks.

Now, Savannah is collecting signatures to petition the City Council to change the rule.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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