Sometimes there are moments of genius that need to be rewarded. All too often, however, The Man is on hand to squash all the fun and crush the dreams of the ingenious.
Today's genius of choice is an unlikely one: a teenage Girl Scout. Showing a level of knowledge that belies her age, the entrepreneurial lass set herself up selling the iconic American Girl Scout cookies outside of a California weed dispensary - and it paid off.
She managed to shift 300 boxes in just six hours, raising around $1,500 (£1,078) at a rate of around $250 (£179) an hour. And if you're doing whatever you're meant to be doing instead of reading this for $250 an hour, congrats to you.
The shop in question, Urbn Leaf in San Diego, posted an Instagram photo midway through the girl's shift that read: Get some Girl Scout Cookies with your GSC today until 4pm! Have a friend that wants to #tagalong? Bring them with - shopping is more fun with friends anyways." and the internet caught hold of it, sending people in search of the store to get their fix (and, presumably, some cookies.)
Of course, while weed is legal in California, there had to be someone to try and rain of the girl's parade. The Girl Scouts of San Diego were quick to point out that the location was not an 'approved site for booth sales' and thus not allowed, though cleverly, the girl had actually been roaming the street in front of the shop rather than staying static, meaning that she didn't directly contravene any rules.
She even had a parent with her at the time. Alison Buchan, speaking to the San Diego Tribune on behalf of the Girls Scouts of San Diego, said that targeting the street in front of a weed dispensary, even when in motion and accompanied by a parent, still constituted a 'grey area'.
"I think our customers loved it," Urbn Leaf spokesperson Savannah Rakofsky told Mashable. "They went out and bought boxes."
She added: "The funny thing is, after the news story ran, we had more Girl Scouts show up over the weekend." Ms Rakofsky posted the photo on Instagram before she went for her lunch break and by the time she returned, a TV news crew had arrived to cover the story.
Their counterparts in San Francisco, Portland and Colorado - all also weed legal locations - have faced similar situations.
In San Francisco, they allowed it because 'the mom decided this was a place she was comfortable with her daughter being at,' while in Portland, the seller's aunt told media that 'the Girl Scouts organization said they don't condone this, but it's not against the rules.' They were less lucky in Colorado, where the local organisation were forced to issue a statement against the practice after a girl sold 117 boxes of cookies in just two hours.
Sources: Mashable; San Diego Tribune