There are times in history when you can pinpoint the exact moment when the government is becoming too invasive in its citizen’s every day lives. That is exactly what is happening now in Alabama.
The Alabama town is now making a business license a requirement for teenagers who mow lawns to make extra cash on the side.
This has gone so far down the chain of command that government officials along with professional lawn companies are lined up to go after these teenagers who are mowing lawns unless they have a business license.
The license costs $110 to obtain and the price does not vary if they are only cutting lawns seasonally or on their time off after school.
Local residents are extremely unhappy with this new city ordinance because it targets teenagers unfairly. One local, Elton Campbell, has a teenage granddaughter who cuts lawns on the side for her neighbors. Elton said that she has “never head of child cutting grass” being forced to get a business license in order to do so.
The money that Campbell’s grand daughter gets goes towards her “admissions” and “trips.” She views her grand daughter as hard working and feels that she is being unfairly punished for wanting to make a few extra bucks.
“He’s coming after a kid when a kid is at least trying to do work. There’s kids at home on iPads and electronics and not wanting to go outside,” said Parris. Gardendale Mayor Stan Hogeland said everyone within the city limits must have a business license, but argued that the measure is not meant to go after teens trying to make extra money on the side.
“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,” said Hogeland. Other towns across the country also have local ordinances that require entrepreneurial kids to obtain a business license. In 2015, two Texas girls had their lemonade stand shut down by the police because they did not have a permit.