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Gardendale, AL — A regular summer right of passage for motivated teenagers across the United States in search of some extra spending money has always been cutting the neighbors grass. However, teens in Gardendale, Alabama, and many other cities across the United States, are about to get a rude lesson in how government overregulation stifles personal and financial growth.

Local officials and area law services have reportedly warned area teens that without a business license issued by the city, which costs $110, they are in violation of a city ordinance, thus violating the law, if they attempt to cut grass without a license.

It’s patently absurd that local teenagers can’t make a private agreement with a neighbor to mow a lawn without the government sanctioning the transaction by inserting themselves as the arbiter of who is allowed to legitimately cut grass.

Mowing grass in the summer is often one of the first jobs a motivated teenager will engage in during their summer break from school. But, with a business license costing $110 for a job that will likely be ongoing for a few short months in the summer, the cost will likely drive many ambitious entrepreneurial teens away from what would likely be a rewarding experience.

“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.

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

The teen is disappointed as she felt like this was the perfect way for her to make some extra money during the summer.

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

According to Campbell, Parris is allegedly being targeted by someone upset by the competition from the teen. That person is using the power of the state to eliminate his competition.

“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.

Campbell called out the irony of trying to prevent a child from taking on a summer job, when they show an internal drive and take the initiative, as so many teenagers are not engaging in enterprising behavior, or taking on additional responsibilities, during their summer break.

“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.

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.

Hogeland stated he’s committed to finding a way to resolve this issue. But, of course, the government still wants its cut, so he will explore the possibility of a temporary license for summer months that targets entrepreneurial youth.

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“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 Mayor Hogeland.

While it is heartening to hear Mayor Hogel recognize that it’s unfortunate there are young people are complaining about the permits for cutting their neighbors grass for a few bucks and saying that he doesn’t want this to discourage kids from trying to earn money, the fact that he still believes that these kids should be licensed, speaks to the true insanity of government over regulation.

There is clear cognitive dissonance seen in Hogel’s ablity 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.

The formality of requiring teens to be licensed to cut grass is a simple revenue generation scheme, plain and simple. This type of regulation does nothing to keep anyone safe – and only serves to enrich the government coffers.

Once again the free market is being squeezed by unnecessary regulation, for the sake of revenue generation, which only serves to stifle competition and keep consumer prices higher.

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  • Damiana

    Yep, sounds about right. I used to live in that area and Gardendale is definitely a fascist shit hole. You know a place is bad when someone moves to Texas to get away!

    • elizabeth adams

      Oh honey, you don’t know the meaning of the word fascist. Fascist is what Teabaggers like you are. Right wingers.

      fascism: an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization; extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practice.

      Now READ this:

      an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.
      synonyms: authoritarianism, totalitarianism, dictatorship, despotism, autocracy; More
      (in general use) extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practice.

      • Damiana

        Go away – I don’t engage in debate with people like you, for much the same reason I don’t pick fistfights with toddlers.

        • elizabeth adams

          So you don’t pick fights with yourself. Interesting.

          • Damiana

            Just remember… I did ask you nicely.

      • Damiana
  • Damiana

    If everyone were willing to pay a fair share of taxes instead of voting for deep cuts to the rich just have a few crumbs for themselves, cities wouldn’t need to pull this bullshit just to pay their bills. Gardendale brought this shit on themselves by not wanting to pay any “extra” taxes for anything.

    • Pozessed

      There is never enough money for a money eating machine such as an unchecked government.

  • Just say no! Take it to the jury. Who’s going to prosecute a minor?

    • Jason Calley

      Unfortunately, if it goes to trial the judge will probably lie to the jury and tell them, “you are only here to decide whether the law has been broken, not to decide whether it is a good law!”

      I have heard, on rare occasions, about honest lawyers, but I have NEVER heard of an honest judge.

      http://fija.org/

      • Blake Kirk

        The species is pretty near extinct in Alabama.

        • elizabeth adams

          Well now that’s mighty strange for you to say that, Alabama being a Teabagger state and all.

      • disqus_glB3YKQ95H

        I think Judge Roy Bean was the last “honest” judge.

      • William Shannon

        Juries can plead outside the confines of a law, it is called, nullification of unjust laws, just because it is law, does not mean it is just, the ultimate judge is the jury.

    • twn5858 .

      A lot of people. Jury members are usually brainwashed idiots who love big government.

      • elizabeth adams

        lololol! Do you know who serves on jury’s? Well, unless you Teabaggers don’t do your civic duty. Which wouldn’t surprise me at all.

    • twn5858 .

      I also doubt that you can get a jury trail for this anyways. I know in the state that I’m from you can’t get a jury trail unless it’s a misdemeanor A and up. My bet is this is an infraction. Government is a scam any way you look at it and the people LOVE IT!

      • You could always refuse to pay the infraction fine and end up in front of a jury over that.

      • If the fine is over $20, the Seventh Amendment guarantees a jury trial.

        • G’ma G

          Ummm…..yeah, but like everything else in our injustice system it is being ignored and people threatened for contempt for demanding it be honored by these people who swore an oath to support the Constitution.

    • elizabeth adams

      Oh my. How about taking it to the council like they did? You’re freaking out over a non-issue thing. I’ll bet you Teabaggers are all ready to tar and feather a poor capitalist trying to save his business. One would surely think you Teabaggers would understand that! But, just so you can sleep at night, have a read:

      http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2017/06/full-time_students_no_longer_r.html

  • Ed

    Kids keep on cutting! Just make a deal where you are cutting the grass for FREE, have the grass owner agree to give you a donation & pay for the gas! Now your a non-profit!
    Screw the guy who over charges for the same job because he has to get a license.

    • G’ma G

      point of clarification. The other guy chooses to get a license. He could do it for donations as well.

      • maninblue60

        The whole neighborhood should call him to mow their lawns then not “donate” their money.

    • elizabeth adams

      Well that’s mighty American of you. What’s with you Teabaggers? Why are you so filled with hate? You’re the ones that are the “It’s all about me” brigade. You should understand this businessman’s issue. I mean, gee, capitalism! But just to ease your angst:

      http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2017/06/full-time_students_no_longer_r.html

  • Doug Bellerive

    “I’m doing it for free, but you can make a donation of 10 dollars if you want”

    • Lawrence Pearson

      I love that you would cut my lawn for free . Thank you . Is there anything I could do for you . Need a ride ? wanna go golfing with me at my favorite public course . I got an extra Bama ticket for opening day . It’s just going to waste . Whatever hey it’s your lucky day . I have no change and I want to reimburse you for your gas and oil . Here’s a twenty thanks again kid my yard looks beautiful . Shame I can pay you but the law is the law

    • AWCheney

      That could work too.

  • rb s

    WHEN DOES IT FUQING STOPPPP, THIS MAYER SHOULD BE OUSTED !

  • rb s

    why dont the neighbors pool together get a license and hire all the kids to cut thier lawns and put THAT CRYBABY SCUMBAG LAWN BITCH OUTTA BIZZNES

    • n4zhg

      It would be more satisfying to take said crybaby scumbag lawn bitch out behind the woodshed for the ass-beating Daddy never gave him. He’s hiding behind the government because he’s a punk.

      • John Vermore

        even better, take his customers away out compete him.

      • Juicey Bananas

        He is being sucked dry by city government rules and is trapped like all citizens should be.

      • elizabeth adams

        Oh so much hatred perpetrated by a lie 🙁 You really should do research before you spout off making yourself look like such a shrew! Read the article – they do not need a license. You right wingers jump the gun all the time.

        “It even prompted fake news headlines such as this one, “Alabama mayor demands teens get $110 business license to mow grass for grandparents”, Hogeland said.”

        http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2017/06/full-time_students_no_longer_r.html

    • G’ma G

      Peaceful but the ultimate solution is to starve the beast

    • Get_over_yourself

      Yea great idea – start a small “llc” – get the city license and have kids pay $5 or $10 to join.

      • philly

        Kids shouldn’t have to get a license for a summer hustle. Period!

      • Ron Stone

        exactly what I was thinking

    • philly

      Kids shouldn’t have to get a license in the first place for a summer hustle. The city is greedy and destroying their spirit. WHAT NEXT? A LICENSE AND REGISTERY, FOR BABYYSITTERS????

      • Carole

        Ya…Don’t give them any ideas…;)

        • philly

          You’re right lol

      • Adam Dyer

        Some cities you do have to have a license to watch children outside of family

        • elizabeth adams

          Ah but they don’t need a license, you silly people. You are reading what is commonly known by the right wing as “Fake News”.

          “It even prompted fake news headlines such as this one, “Alabama mayor demands teens get $110 business license to mow grass for grandparents”, Hogeland said.”

          http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2017/06/full-time_students_no_longer_r.html

          • Damiana

            Your story merely says they’ve changed their policy – likely after public exposure from “fake news” let to nationwide backlash.

            I’m going to ask you nicely (one time) to knock it off with this “you silly people” bullshit. I don’t like trolls and don’t want them on this site.

    • Lenworth Pratt

      Exactly !

    • elizabeth adams

      Such unwarranted hate. And from the right wing no less.

      “It even prompted fake news headlines such as this one, “Alabama mayor demands teens get $110 business license to mow grass for grandparents”, Hogeland said.”

      http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2017/06/full-time_students_no_longer_r.html

  • Gardendale, AL ← ?

  • truthseeker53

    License/permit. Receipt of purchase of privilege. Thank dimmercraps for such as this. They’re the champions of robbery

    • Adam Pilarczyk

      Republican state and mayor, why don’t you actually read instead of being a sheep. Keep watching FOX?

      • hillbillyguy

        Hey Libtard, Those regulations have been on the books since the Dems ran Alabama. No one ever tried to enforce them before on a kid.

        • Michael Gross

          You just confirmed Adams point. No one before the current Republican state and mayor tried to enforce them before on a kid. But thanks for playing! Dumber than a “Libtard.”

        • haauwnk

          Reread your own post and try to figure out why it sounds so utterly stupid.

      • truthseeker53

        RINOs. Worse’rn dimmercraps. Haven’t had TV in MANY years.

      • Karen Dennie Huffaker

        Guys, can we stop arguing over which of our owners is currently screwing us over (both sides are ultimately in it for themselves) and start working TOGETHER to come up with a solution to free ourselves from their tyranny? That would be much more productive.

        • wildcat86

          Nicely said.

        • Juicey Bananas

          You may be on to something big there girl!

    • haauwnk

      It’s solid republican dip shit. Keep swallowing that corporate media crap and believe everything dolt 45 tells you.

  • Hearseman

    Need a breathable air license for politicians! They spew out more carbon dioxide then a Yugo!

    • n4zhg

      H. Beam Piper had a solution for these clowns in Lone Star Planet. On New Texas, practicing politicians fall under a special part of the planetary constitution. If you believe one of them went off the reservation, you could physically chastise said politician. Such chastisement could range from a simple beating to killing him. Once that occurred, you were subject to the Court of Political Justice, which determined after the fact whether the politician had it coming, and to what extent, and if the punishment meted out to said politician fit the crime.

      “Apparently, on New Texas, killing a politician was not malum in se, and was mallum prohibitorum only to the extent that what happened to the politician was in excess of what he deserved.”

  • Jason Schiebelhut

    That’s krazy…..I would resist…we are not slaves

    • Juicey Bananas

      You need to wake up and look at the shackels around yourself slave Jason Schiebelhut.

    • G’ma G

      True. Unfortunately we are the involuntary servants (part 2 of the 13th amendment) government is prohibited from creating–except that is exactly what was done to us by the 14th amendment. Just remember that everything in our un-justice system is backward and it starts to make sense.

  • it will stop when you take these miniature tyrants, and cities, having so many kids arrested and fined, so many parents suing the city, and the City Council, and the police department, that it becomes impossible to handle it all.

    • elizabeth adams

      Chill out comrade Teabagger. READ:

      an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.
      synonyms: authoritarianism, totalitarianism, dictatorship, despotism, autocracy; More
      (in general use) extreme right-wing, authoritarian, or intolerant views or practice.

  • Brian King

    just what the fuck

    • Juicey Bananas

      What next? Plumbers getting city and state licenses to work.

  • tom browne

    stupidity such as this SHOULD inform the mayor that those kids are the future and you are losing the respect and trust that is going to be very difficult to replace once it is gone. It can turn to hate.

  • Winston Allen

    Don’t vote for these assholes that pass these laws. Make a note to yourselves and around election time go to the city or county meetings and voice your opinion. These politicians are counting on your forgetting about the stupid laws they pass.when it comes time to vote.

    • Juicey Bananas

      In Lyon County, Iowa the vote is cheated as I won city council election twice and Auditor fudged the numbers. When the state called he wouldnt speak with them and his credentials with the state of Iowa werew revolked very quietly and the county kept him on the payrole till his term was done and said he was retireing then. It almost certainly must be happening everywhere around this country of cheaters we live in.

      • G’ma G

        Yes, government drones in the smallest town to the Supreme Court are using the same play book. It is orchestrated.

      • elizabeth adams

        Hahahaha…..yeah, when a Teabagger loses it’s cheating, but when a Democrat loses it’s not. Perfect pseudonym for you….no wonder you didn’t win, you’re banana’s.

        • Juicey Bananas

          You must think we live in a perfect world or your a civil servant.

  • Brian King

    just another way to make money off the people

  • Gregory DeAngelis

    Easy fix…Request the town council put an exemption in the ordinance that exempts individual students under 18 during the months of May through September. If they refuse…vote ’em out!

  • Lawrence Pearson

    What if the mowing was to help grandma pay for medications . Or depends , a bus ride to the hospital ,or flowers for her grave . It’s still alright for Kids to do armed robberies ? Or do you need a licence for that too ? Can’t earn money legally unless you have money in The USA . You end every dream of buying yourself school clothes . So you shoplift . Free school clothes . If using money is not legal in the US ? Then crush businesses in the places thinking this way . Drive thirty extra miles to do business in towns that appreciate children’s entrepreneurial spirit . Cities of greed become cities of need . If your neighboring communities pass this law . Open your village to capitalism in kids . You will gather all their parents money anyway . Let children see love not greed , you get very caring honest kids . Hold kids down and push them around . Burglaries will rise , robberies too . A kid with a stolen gun will be more likely to shoot a cop in the face . than a kid with a lawn mower ,edger ,weed wacker and two cans of gas (regular and 2 stroke) . I have never heard of any being shot with a lawn mower ?

  • Rebecca Manzano

    Someone needs to beat that little snitches ass… the adult Gardener who is mad that little kids are “taking his jobs”. What a little bitch! Let’s find out who he is and tell him what a little punk he is… scared, threatened little pussy

  • wildcat86

    This is incredible. Lemonade stands, lawn mowing. Hell, I shoveled snow during the winter, too. Never needed a business license. What is next? Babysitters getting licenses?

    Just because some douche thinks he has a right to overcharge for his services he raises a stink. What the people of Gardendale should do is call this asshat up and schedule services thus overwhelming him. Then, when he cannot produce, shut him down. Or he reaches out to teens to subcontract with them at which point they can refuse his offer and put him out of business. That, my friends, is the free market at work.

  • Andin Briwel

    What the article fails to address are actually the more important points. Getting a business license isn’t the end of the matter. With the business license comes many other requirements – choosing an organizational structure, choosing a bookkeeping method, keeping books, opening a business checking acct, having all proper insurance coverages, including workers comp, issuing receipts for each transaction, collecting sales tax, filing monthly tax receipts, paying self-employment taxes, etc etc etc

  • Rose Coulombe

    TAXATION IS THEFT! FREEWILL! AND F THEM ALL!

  • Brion Bearclaw

    The kids then simply need to state that they are cutting the grass for free, but that they accept donations of a suggested amount in order to offset the cost of gas, oil, trimmer cord, maintenance, and transportation. Plus, they are not a business – they haven’t formed an LLC, nor are they incorporated. They are entering into a private arrangement with another person to provide them a service, and technically children under 18 cannot enter into a binding legal contract, so they cannot technically own a business – therefore the regulation does not apply to them.

  • Noel

    All this does is prevent kids in inner city neighborhoods and other areas from making any money and keeping them busy. It would actually increase the crime rate because not all teens have $110 dollars for a damned license to begin with so what do they do? They rob a house. This crap in our country has got to stop and soon.

  • n4zhg

    Government is in the business of taking away your rights and then selling them back to you. The way out is to tie a lot of nooses and hang the middlemen.

  • G’ma G

    Ummm…children are not competent to contract with anyone, not even government.

  • No one needs a business license to exchange their personal labor for money. Government overreach has gone completely over the top in these Uberfascistic States of America, Land of the Fee and Home of the Slave, where left is right and right is wrong. It’s time to create a new government with a new constitution. Throw the fascists out!

  • haauwnk

    Alabama is a solid red state. I was under the impression that republicans were absolutely against over regulation of business and for personal initiative. Apparently they’re just corrupt and want their cut.

  • If they have to have a license, then set up a free program for teens under 18.

  • Jay Templin

    I’ll just tell my son that if the cops ask him for his permit, he should reply in Spanish. Then he can have sanctuary…

  • Blake Kirk

    Yet Republicans will stand there and INSIST that over-regulation is stifling free enterprise…

  • Aryeh Ohayon

    I thought that people under the age of 18, aka kids, could not engage in a legal contract such as a government permit or joining the military on their own? So, how are they supposed to get the legal permit from the city?

    • Juicey Bananas

      Crooked lawyers Aryeh. Make up rules as the diareah of the mouth spews from the atty.and lie and change words around to suit the governments wants.

      • Aryeh Ohayon

        I think that I understand what you’re trying to say, but could you clarify?

    • That’s a good question.

    • joesantus

      …and, an under-age-of-consent legal contract status would prohibit under-18s from obtaining a permit, therefore mean they can’t legally mow lawns. Either by being under-aged or by needing $110 for the permit, those kids are out of business.

    • elizabeth adams

      Oh good God you people. You Teabaggers are all so ready to hang someone without even knowing what’s going on. READ:

      http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2017/06/full-time_students_no_longer_r.html

  • Jay

    This is ridiculous, I hope this kid keeps mowing. Its pretty sad when the city needs their rotten money so bad their willing to take it from a kid

  • Tom

    The world needs a whole lot more Libertarians. Less government is better.

  • gwana

    I’d disobey that fee. Do not obey and be free. If they fine you, throw it back in their face. UNITE AND DISOBEY. Be brave. All those city ordinance fees and regs need to be disobeyed. Grow a pair people.

  • carlducci

    Treat them like ncaa athletes and you’ll figure out a way to “pay” them without actually paying them.

  • Al Farley

    y’all need to check into this further, anyone under 18 cannot legally enter into any type of legal contract including business contracts so how can they be forced into getting a business license

  • Brent Vaughn

    I do believe that that anyone under the age of 18 cannot enter a legal contract with anyone including the government! Just mow the yard, get a donation or discuss with home owner when cops show up deny that there was a payment! Leave kids alone!!!

  • Dewayne Workman

    If you check your local law books you will find lots of what you would consider silly outdated laws that have been on the books for year’s, usually incorporated for a specific reason at the time ,that law enforcement just doesn’t bother with UNLESS SOMEONE COMPLAINS.Then they are obligated to enforce said law. How to fix problem….. Tell your local politicians to change it or vote them out…… And then most importantly…… refuse to do business with crybaby ass and make him look elsewhere for jobs …. someday people will wake up and put a end to all this crap. Just like one person COMPLAINS about anything and we change it ….
    Take back control of this country!!

  • Juan Doroteo Carrio

    I’d be willing to bet this city is run by Democrats.

  • Sterny

    No self-respecting police officer would cite anybody for something like this and the constituents in these areas should vote the council people responsible for this ridiculousness out.

  • William Shannon

    Sorry mom, can’t take out the garbage for movies, can I borrow $110 for a business license to do my chores, my allowance for chores is for profit, the maid is complaining about the competition.

  • Steve

    So the mayor says “…that sending law enforcement after a child trying to earn extra money in the summer is not a priority.” Nice. Let’s teach kids that it’s okay to break the law sometimes – if the mayor decides it’s okay.
    Power corrupts.

  • Hill411

    Can’t wait for the words “Get down on the ground and spred’em” to be screamed at teen Baby-sitters, Dog walkers, Lawn mowers, etc. Pretty damn sure Law Enforcement personnel don’t want to do it. How about the various city councils mandate that the individuals who vote in favor of the legislation also vote to deputize themselves SOLELY for enforcing the ‘law’. Another example of incrediibly ignorant politicians opening their mouths before thinking about the ramifications of their actions.

  • Mary K

    Shame on that money hungry city and it’s sad excuses.

  • Guy

    This is the results of the City being drug into the situation by a disgruntled landscape gardener, who works on a neighbor’s yard and is pissed off that a kid is taking away his work.
    The City Bureaucracy is forced by City Charter to act like idiots, because they have no choice to do otherwise. Bravo for the City Employee to a least come up with a partial solution to the dilemma. It in itself might be stinky to some, but better than none is preferred ! I wonder if the guy who started this whole mess in the first place, is licenced himself to cut folks grass ?

    • Juicey Bananas

      I’m sure he is paying taxes and thats what licensing is all about.

      • Guy

        Oh no it’s not. City Taxes and City Business License or Operation Permits, are two very separate items. One is what you, I, and all residents of the City pay to live within the community for thouse city serves to be provided to its residents. which is often included in the Garbage / Water billings. Business License, Taxes and Operational fees are the other, and different in respect to services provided by the City. Often used to run the City’s Bureaucracy, being used to enforce the policies and pay for the needed service of inspections, to survey the business to make sure they are in compliance to City Code.

        Gardeners usually only have a City issued business license, if that, so they can operate their business within the City, and generally never subjected to City inspections. Unless they have a place of business, like a Nursery or Store front.

  • Juicey Bananas

    You can bet a lawyer dreamed this scam of cash up. I bet it cost more to make the city tax ordenace than what license cash comes in to city coffers and raise employee pay and pension accounts.

  • JayAre420

    To all the people suggesting a loophole like cut if for free and ask for a donation. That doesnt fix the problem. Fuck Gardendale, Alabamas government officials!!! Get em out!

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  • Janice Campbell

    Looks like they want a piece of the pie. Shame on them!

  • Westridge Glen

    Probably upsetting the illegals with the competition from the kids. So they want to get rid of the kids cutting grass and keep it all to themselves.

  • Aaron Aveiro

    This has to be the mist absurd ordinance I have ever heard…and what an asshat the guy is for going down that road…

  • John E. Markowitz

    People are having mental illness!! yes, that’s true!!!

  • Glennie McConnell

    Why don’t all the neighbors boycott all the lawn services in the area for a year and let them fell the effects of a boycott to their own businesses… or why not all the neighbors get together and purchase a new lawnmower and have the teenager come to there home and cut there grass with new lawnmower. When that yard is finish the next neighbor comes and get the lawnmower from his or her neighbor and used the same lawnmower to cut there grass and just keep repeating the same situation with all the neighbors… then that kid want need a budiness license, because he will be using the neighbors lawnmower.

  • Janice Gaskill

    We are becoming a freaking socialist country.

  • Michelle Helms

    A minor cannot enter into a contract. End of story.

  • AWCheney

    They can’t possibly believe that requiring a license will generate revenue among young teens like that…they’ll just go back to a lazy summer and ask for a raise in allowance. No, this is purely and simply an adult, who probably doesn’t even have a license himself, getting rid of competition, perhaps even with the help of professional landscaping companies and at least moderately corrupt politicians who only care about adult voters and financial sponsors, not kids. Like Common Core, another way to kill the future of this country through our progeny. I can tell those parents whose kids are being subjected to this outrage, they owe their children their support in bringing the local government in line! Show their children that you don’t have to let the bullies run roughshod over you!! I’ve done it myself…it’s not as daunting as you might think.

  • George Turick

    Who ever came up with this idea is a fuxxking jack ass..

  • swedelady13

    Do it on a donation basis?

  • David Testerman

    I wonder if someone on that city council owns a laencare business… if so this could be grounds for charges of ethics violations.

  • Linda Sonnentag

    So just set up a go fund me page for yourself, and have them deposit your payment in there. Then its a donation.

  • disqus_aiRsA0M0jO

    The guy who reported her, probably doesn’t have a license either. That is ridiculous

  • Mike Laborde

    Why do we put up with dictatorial liberal leadership like this? Can’t we please catch them by the backs of their totalaterian , liberal democrat necks and throw them out of office. And to the wolves. They don’t need to be here in a constitutional free America. Just why do we tolerate these Hitlerites.

  • Lisztman

    As one who spent perhaps six summers mowing lawns as a kid — it’s one of the very few ways an enterprising kid can earn any reasonable cash at that age. To get the government (any government) involved in this is sheer stupidity.

  • Bud Brota

    This is the city-level version of what has happened to the US Congress; becoming the de facto marketing arm for the highhanded, graft-paying business/corporation/industry looking for an unfair market advantage. And as they obtain their advantages, the general public pays the price. What happens to us doesn’t matter; all we do is vote.

  • markvacc1

    Cops could choose not to give a ticket. Why bother for something that a lot of us did for extra cash on any given weekend? There are a ton of things more important than making sure somebody has a license to cut grass. Put a fake name on a warning ticket. Who’s going to check it anyway? I did it for a couple of weeks before leaving Hawaii to make some extra cash before they picked up our household goods. I was 35 at the time and 20 dollars for going to do what you want instead of mowing your lawn was worth it most of the time. That also led to some hedge trimming as well.

  • Dave

    IN northern states I wonder if snow shoveling, delivering the Newsper or Caddying at the local golf course would need a license too
    ?, if it did back when I was a kid I would have become a couch potato 54 years earlier than I am now!

  • Victoria Woolf

    If I had a kid that was cutting yards for a couple dollars and they try to fine them I would take it to court they are just kids trying to get money cause they cant get a legal job unless they are 15 or 16 and $110 for a license/permit how can they pay that if they have no money to begin with that’s the only reason they are working for money

  • FredKapelski

    It’s a sad day when American teens can’t work because it completes with illegals. And, the American people just sit back and endure it.

  • petemoss2442

    It should not be that difficult. Under a certain amount of lawns, Let’s say 3, you do not need a license, but if you have enough of a business to compete with the guy doing it for a job you do. So, if you are helping out the neighbor that is fine.

  • Darrell Hager

    Where are the citizens of these towns? Mayor and city counsel are suppose to be representatives, not rulers. Tell then to change the rule.

  • Bruce Hamilton

    What’s next paying to breath fines for picking our noses how retarded and utterly stupid…

  • Michael Macarthur

    What a bunch of assholes ! You otta be ashamed of yourselves for even bringing it up, and that idiot going after the teens cutting grass, you really can’t have much of a business if you’re threatened by a little girl cutting grass in her neighborhood. You should maybe get a real job and stop stalking teenage girls!

  • Tim Shankle

    Once again the greedy arm of government now goes after kids. The simple butt wipe that made the complaint is a peice of crap. Like this kid is gonna hurt his business and if it I’d he probably does a shitty job to start with. If he was cutting my lawn I’d fire his sorry butt for going after a kid trying to make a few extra bucks. Shame on his greedy butt

  • [email protected]

    This could be a blessing in disguise. The teens may see how over bearing government ties the hands of its citizens thereby angering these young people so much they do away with this when they’re adults. Sort of like property taxes even though you paid cash for your house. One never owns the house they only rent the house from the city because if they do not pay property taxes the extortionist city government can take the house from you.

  • Cassie

    A minor can’t be bound into a contract therefore there is no way for them to get a liscence this is rediculous and the guy is trying to use law as a bullying tool but it is easy to get around as well simply call the income a donation and if he were to pursue the subject I would find a professional lawn service so you can tell his customers what he does to children and recommend the other service you might even get them to let you work under their liscences doing lawns that they wouldn’t make much on anyway

  • Denise Kelly

    They got enough push back that they amended their ordinance.
    http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2017/06/full-time_students_no_longer_r.html

  • elizabeth adams

    We can now expect a full retraction, correct, Jay? You posted a headline that was just, eh, short of a lie. Inflammatory at the least. You right wingers and your hyperbole!

    “It even prompted fake news headlines such as this one, “Alabama mayor demands teens get $110 business license to mow grass for grandparents”, Hogeland said.”

    http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2017/06/full-time_students_no_longer_r.html

  • elizabeth adams

    Oh, and that’s some pretty shoddy writing – you could at least get the mayor’s name right. And really, to quote the mayor without even talking to him? This must be what the right wing calls “Fake News”.