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


This is America. This is a country where kids can no longer mow grass for some cash. They can’t have summer jobs like this since some state official has to be paid to allow that to happen.

These permits are signs that show that a certain kid is privileged to work.

And if they don’t get it, they would be fined and possibly get the police involved.

In places like Gardendale, Alabama, and Co, these kids who would try to mow lawns to earn some extra change would now feel the pain of having a government ego stifles personal financial growth through over-regulation.

These kids have been warned that they would be going against the law if they went ahead to mow lawns without getting the $110 business license.

And this is ridiculous. So we have come to a level where teens can no longer have an agreement with a neighbor to get their grass cut, without the government forcing themselves into the transaction as an arbiter. 

Mowing grass is one summer job that many teenagers go for when they have a break from school. Trying to coerce them into getting a business license worth $110 for a job that would last just a few weeks would make most of these teenagers leave these jobs altogether.

Thereby denying these kids of the rewarding experience of making money after a hard day’s work.

“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.

The kid is sad as this was a way for her to make some extra buck by the side, while she was off school.

“Just helping out and raising money for admissions and trips,” said Alainna Parris.

Campbell said that Parris had been bullied by some other person who felt threatened by the competition Parris was bringing to the market.

She went on to say that that person was using the government to neutralize his competition.

“One of the men that cut 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.

Meanwhile, Campbell has said that it is such an irony that kids who show initiative and ambition are being discouraged from entrepreneurial activities when a large amount of teenagers aren’t really doing anything worthwhile.

“He’s coming after a kid when a kid is at least trying to do work. There are kids at home on iPads and electronics and not wanting to go outside, said Parris. 

Meanwhile, Mayor of the city, Stan Hogeland, has reacted to the dust being raised, saying that whoever is running a business within the city has to have a business license.

Then went on to say that the aim isn’t to send the cops after kids who are trying to make good use of themselves.

But we all know that if the kids refuse to accept this new development, then they would end up having to confront the cops.

And they would have to pay heavy fines or possibly be arrested.

The Mayor has said that he is dedicated to finding a way out of this problem.

Knowing that the government would want a share of the spoil, he is trying to implement temporary licenses for entrepreneurial kids during the summer months.

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

Now, although Mayor Hogel understands that young people are having a hard time being taxed for mowing their neighbor’s lawns (which he himself has said would ultimately discourage kids from mowing lawns), for the fact that he has no problem taxing the children in the first place, shows that the government is blindly chasing regulation for the immediate benefit of having swollen coffers.

Instead of playing the long game where you remove regulation and let the market forces ultimately decide (true capitalism).

There is a reason why countries who lean towards the free market ideology are uniquely successful.

Capitalism is about letting the market (the public) decide what products are best for them.

And because of this system, the best products usually win. Merit wins most of the time.

A businessman once said that bills that entrench regulations in certain markets are the worst because these bills are sponsored by big businesses and corporations who have (at one point in time) beat the market leaders through merit to ascend to the top and then have decided that the system that gave them a fighting chance should be skewed to favor them.

Now does this bear any resemblance to the story told by Campbell of Parris being bullied by the competition? 

The man in question is threatened by Parris offering the same service for a cheaper price than his so he decides to call the cops on her if she continues to do same.

Of course, in this case, he isn’t and probably can’t lobby state officials to initiate the law, but he is definitely using it to his own advantage.

And because government officials see this as an opportunity to make money or increase government resources, they end up turning a blind eye to what is going on.

Forgetting that the more you tax the industry, the more the industry shrinks.

And so over-taxation is like taking 50% of food off a small bowl rather than 10% off a bowl that is 100 times bigger.

There is clear cognitive dissonance seen in Hogel’s ability to recognize the foolish and petty nature of calling city authorities on these teenagers for trying to do something adults should be congratulating and supporting while at the same time failing to acknowledge that there is no legitimate reason for these kids to be licensed.

If you ask me, I’ll rather have 10% of the earth’s oceans that have 60% of a small, miserly lake.

Tax appropriately and have an ocean-sized economy or over-regulated and have a lake-sized economy.

Where consumer prices are high, and innovation becomes a myth.


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