Police recently stopped a pair of teens in Bound Brook, New Jersey, from making money by shoveling snow.
The teens, Matt Molinari and Eric Schnepf, both 18, were canvassing a neighborhood and handing out fliers when they were told to stop by the police.
One Bound Brook resident saw Schnepf being questioned by police after coming to his door and asked:
Are you kidding me? Our generation does nothing but complain about his generation being lazy and not working for their money. Here’s a couple kids who take the time to print up flyers, walk door to door in the snow, and then shovel snow for some spending money. And someone calls the cops and they’re told to stop?
It turns out Bound Brook has a law against unlicensed solicitors and peddlers.
Police Chief Michael Jannone commented that neither of the teens were arrested or issued a ticket. He also stated that the primary concern of the police was that they were out in dangerous conditions, not that they were unlicensed. He said:
We don’t make the laws but we have to uphold them. This was a state of emergency. Nobody was supposed to be out on the road.
The police told the teens that, although they could not go door to door offering their services, they could shovel walkways if residents called them.
In this particular borough, anyone selling goods and services door to door must apply for a permit that costs as much as $450 and is valid for only 180 days.
Similar laws have prevented kids from operating lemonade stands or selling Girl Scout cookies.
The pair of teens did manage to get five jobs, each paying from $25 to $40 per house.
Should teens be prohibited from going door to door offering to shovel snow? Feel free to share your thoughts.
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom