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Friday, June 2, 2017

Town Says Teens Who Cut Neighborhood Grass Must Pay $110 For Business Licenses

Bureaucrats keeping you safe from out-of-control kids trying to make a few bucks:

Teens in Gardendale (Alabama) 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.

Cutting grass is often one of the first jobs many have in the summer. But a business license in Gardendale costs $110. And for a job, just for a couple of months, that can be a bit extreme.

The "good" news is that the mayor would like to have a mini-license just for this sort of thing, not that they shouldn't be licenses at all:
“I would really love to have something on our books that gave, I guess, a more favorable response to that student out there cutting grass,” Hogeland told the local ABC affiliate. “And see if there’s maybe a temporary license during the summer months that targets teenagers.”
Related - here's a roundup from a few years ago of lemonade stand shut-downs by government officials. I'm sure the list would be longer now.

More at Daily Caller.

1 comment:

  1. Business licencing isn't about permitting work, it's about excluding people from actually making money...and about cities/counties/states making a cash grab. This is ridiculous and the local politicians involved should be tarred, feathered and ridden out of town on a rail.