Source – Teens in Gardendale are in for a rude awakening this summer when it comes to cutting grass. According to the city’s ordinance, you must have a business license. Teenagers have been threatened by officials and other lawn services to show their city issued license before cutting a person’s lawn for extra summer cash…
“I have never heard of a child cutting grass had to have a business license,” said Elton 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.
Mayor Stan Hogeland said when operating a business for pay within the city limits, you must have a business license. He said sending someone after a child making extra money over the summer, is not a priority. But he is committed to find a way to make this less of an issue for teens.
You know what? The city is 10000% in the right here. Just because that kid isn’t old enough to drive a car doesn’t mean they’re too young to understand the rules of living in a society. You own, operate, and manage a lawn cutting service? Good for you, that’s a business. A business needs a license to operate. 1+2=3. I don’t see the hufflepuff here. At what age is it socially acceptable to force the kid to get a license? 18? Or is it a “you know it when you see it” type of deal? Like if the kid is no longer cute or he/she no longer needs help starting the mower? Or should there be a lawn cap on these unlicensed businesses? such as they’re allowed 4 weekly non-family lawns before a license is required. These are real questions. Would you rather the city waste time and effort coming to a legitimate conclusion on this? Or would you settle for “enforcing” the law while admitting it is the lowest possible priority aka they don’t care? I think the city handled this perfectly.
The REAL story is the adult asshole who is calling the cops on these 10 year old kids for cutting into his business. I don’t judge him for being upset over losing a couple clients to Timmy and Lucy down the street, yeah that sucks because you can’t compete with their bubble gum prices. But if he runs a professional lawncare business and his bottom line hinges on the yards being scooped up by teenagers, then his business sucks and is doomed to fail anyways. Lawn mowing is an easy chore worth about $20 depending on the size of the lawn, not a sustainable career path. Focus on the hedge trimming and landscaping, that’s what literally sets the men apart from the boys. Be better.
PS- this might be racist, or elitist, or whatever the right word is, but I just assume all lawns in Alabama look like this, which doesn’t seem worth getting into a turf battle over. (!pun!)
PPS- seems like an easy reason for an upcharge, no? The real victims here are the people who are now overpaying for teenage lawn service so they can watch re-runs of Alabama Football all weekend.