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The Grandma Who Invented Fidget Spinners Is Getting No Money From Them

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You've probably seen a fidget spinner by now, right? It's a small toy that pretty much every kid has now that spins between your fingers. It was originally marketed as a device for people with attention problems and to help them focus, but it quickly became a new trend.

The fidget spinner business has grown like crazy over the last couple months, earning tens of millions of dollars in the process. Suppliers are struggling to meet massive demands, and the toys can go for as much as $300 a pop.

But there's one person who is not benefiting from the increase in popularity. And that's the inventor of the fidget spinner.

Catherine Hettinger, creator of the fidget spinner, with her granddaughter Chloe.Richard Luscombe/The Guardian

Catherine Hettinger, a grandmother from Florida, has not made a dime off her crazy popular invention which she came up with nearly two decades ago. She held the patent for fidget spinners for eight years, until 2005, when she had to surrender it because she could not afford the $400 renewal fee.

“I just didn’t have the money. It’s very simple,” she said.

The patent was then picked up by another company, which then produced them and marketed them, creating a new must-have accessory.

Click-through to find out what Catherine Hettinger has to say about her invention being the most popular toy in the world right now.

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