Teens Work Hard to Serve Customers until Police Stop Them

Police stop youths from offering their snow shoveling services door to door.

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No they weren’t drug dealers. They weren’t trying to sell marijuana to anyone. They weren’t even selling loose cigarettes.

But the police warned them to stop offering services or trying to find customers.

From myCentralJersey.com: “Bound Brook cops stop teens seeking snow shoveling work.”

School was closed for the blizzard that wasn’t, but there was still enough snow on the ground that two Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School seniors thought they could make a few extra bucks.

In the process, Matt Molinari and Eric Schnepf, both 18, also learned a valuable lesson about one of the costs of doing business: government regulations.

The two friends were canvasing a neighborhood near this borough’s border with Bridgewater early Monday evening, handing out fliers promoting their service, when they were pulled over by police and told to stop.

The story was shared on a popular Bound Brook Facebook group by a resident who saw Schnepf being questioned by police after coming to his door.

“Are you kidding me? Our generation does nothing but complain about his generation being lazy and not working for their money,” he wrote on Bound Brook NJ Events’ page. “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?”

The boys say the police were nice enough when they enquired about their unlicensed entrepreneurship. The police say they were really responding to a safety concern about the blizzard, except the police chief also asserted, “We don’t make the laws but we have to uphold them.” I’m not sure if he is referring to the blizzard conditions that counted as a state of emergency or about the license requirement.

[See also, “Maybe We Shouldn’t be Allowed to Give Up.”]

According to the story:

In this borough, anyone selling goods and services door to door must apply for a license that can cost as much as $450 for permission that is valid for only 180 days. Nonprofits are exempt from the fee but must still apply for a permit.

How many young snow shovelers are going to be able to afford that?