Children Now Face Fines & Arrest If They Don’t Get a Permit to Mow Grass for Money

For so many American teens, mowing lawns is a rite of passage - one of their first jobs, and an early lesson in the value of hard work. 

Teens in Gardendale, Alabama, however, are learning another lesson: That of governmental overreach.

In Gardendale, Alabama, local officials warn that teens without a business license who mow will be in violation of local law. The business licenses cost $110 - something many teens may not be able to afford.

“I have never heard of a child cutting grass having to have a business license,” Elton Campbell, whose granddaughter, Alainna Parris, mows a few lawns around the neighborhood, told ABC-33/40.

“She charges one lady $20, and another lady $30, and another girl $40 besides what we pay her,” said Campbell.

“One of the men that cuts several yards made a remark to one of our neighbors, ‘that if he saw her cutting grass again that he was going to call Gardendale because she didn’t have a business license,'” said Campbell.

It's in this way that local government overreach is being used to stifle competition - just as many big corporate interests use their lobbying power to help set regulations in a way that will help them stifle competition.

Only in this case, it's not big companies screwing over small businesses - it's our children and teens that are getting the short end of the stick.

Mayor Stan Hogeland weighed in on the controversy, noting that when operating a business for pay within the city limits, you must have a business license. 

But, he also said that sending law enforcement after a child trying to earn extra money in the summer is not a priority. 

Unfortunately, however, if children do resist this tax on their entrepreneurial spirit — police force will most assuredly come. These children would most assuredly face at the very least, a fine, and possibly even arrest.

Said Mayor Hogeland:

I would love to have something on our books that gave a more favorable response to that student out there cutting grass. And see if there’s maybe a temporary license during the summer months that targets teenagers...

Many thanks to The Free Thought Project for the heads-up!

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