Nanny State: Cops Stop Teens from Shoveling Snow Without Their Government Issued Permit

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Toss this one on the list right next to the ridiculousness of government-targeted lemonade stands.

There’s a war against making any money the government can’t take a cut of these days.

In Louisiana, for example, a law was passed in 2011 making it illegal to use cash to purchase anything secondhand even though our Fed notes clearly state, “This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private.” How many people who hold garage sales take credit cards, anyway? Bye bye almost all Louisiana garage sales.

Well now teens who want to make a few extra bucks shoveling snow-covered driveways for old ladies are out of luck unless they apply for, pay for, and are granted the permission of the all mighty government.


Matt Molinari and Eric Schnepf, both 18-year-olds from Bound Brook, N.J., were going door-to-door in their neighborhood Jan. 27, handing out homemade flyers that offered snow-shoveling services. School had already been canceled for the next day, when a winter storm was expected to bury their portion of the Garden State under several inches of cold white powder…

According to local news reports, the cops told the kids they weren’t allowed to solicit business by going door-to-door without a permit from the local government.

So, now they have to have a permit to shovel snow or they’re breaking the law. How much does that cost, anyway?

To get a permit for door-to-door solicitation in Bound Brook, Molinari and Schnepf would have had to pay the borough $450 (and the government-issued permission slip is only good for 180 days at a time, which is fine if you’re trying to run a snow-shoveling business, but not so great if you’re trying to offer services year-round).

Gee, how many driveways would these teens have to shovel in the one day they had off school just to break even at that point?

The middle class is dying in this country. Officials are putting the squeeze on everyone to hasten that death. And the cops in this case, as usual in police state America, say they don’t make the rules, they just enforce them. What does that tell you?

How sick are Americans going to get of hearing that tripe in the weeks and years to come?

It’s official. We live in a country where a high schooler can’t even earn $20 shoveling snow out of a neighbor’s driveway without Uncle Sam taking a cut. What a greedy lowlife scumbag that guy is.

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  • Airb0rne4325

    We, in Louisiana, told them to take that and shove it. They wanted a background on anyone that bought second hand. It was an effort to curb people from stealing and selling to pawn shops, especially copper. You have to prove ownership of said item in order to sell it.
    There are plenty of garage sales in LA.

    • Smarty

      I’d speculate that Ms. Melton devotes nearly 100% of her waking time trying to get the message out to the sheep who just “don’t get it”. Along the way, some mis-information is to be expected but in general she’s always spot on with her reporting. Not every bill, statute, and law can be scrutinized day in and day out for updates and changes. There simply isn’t enough time for anyone to do that. In this case, she’s reporting on an absolutely STUPID law no matter how you interpret it. If you’re seeking absolute perfection, you might want to start from within….
      See Stu?

    • disqus_3BrONUAJno

      You better start collecting receipts for everything you buy, then, because it will eventually become incumbent on you to prove that you bought everything you possess, or lose it to the lawful transaction police.

    • disqus_3BrONUAJno

      In other words, second hand dealers are automatically criminals. How perfectly Louisianan, as the people continue to emulate the state insect, mosquitoes.

  • Statutes do not apply to We the People, only to govt employees / agents.

    • disqus_3BrONUAJno

      Standing armies don’t seem to be any less onerous now that our legislative traitors have provided their consent.

  • Pist-Off

    Ohh but for greed and the love of money. Look out now POWER AND CONTROL on the loose.

  • Worn Wranglers

    Many cities have these anti-solicitation ordinances to keep all kinds of people (legitimate and otherwise) from walking door-to-door and attempting to sell goods and/or services. The trick is to find a loophole (because the city employees writing these “laws” generally aren’t very bright) and exploit it. This is a good example: if the ordinances prohibits “door-to-door” solicitation and it’s also against postal regulations to insert anything other than U.S. mail INTO a mailbox, then taping/attaching a flyer or brochure to the outside of a mailbox generally isn’t illegal.

    This insincere and fake “outrage” from the Daily Sheeple posters (specifically Ms. Melton) is getting a little tiring. Yes, these are stupid ordinances and all levels of gov’mint illegitimately overreach often by regulation, but if I lived there, I also wouldn’t want book sales people, home improvement contractors, or even the Girl Scouts knocking on MY home’s front door, trying to sell their goods or services. Get over it.

    • Bill the eighth

      So, you are saying the cops are too stupid to tell the difference between a door to door sales person and neighborhood kids trying to make some pocket money. I happen to agree.

  • Bloodnut The Flatulent

    Read some of the Facebook comments from the original article, and I have to agree: The headline is misleading. It was a nosy neighbor, during a “State of Emergency” that called the cops because they saw a “suspicious person, with blonde curly hair, wearing a hoodie, crossing peoples’ yards”. Well, it WAS a 9-1-1 call, and the cops HAVE to respond, and they did. The boys even said the cops were cool about it; they weren’t jerks. If blame is to be placed anywhere, place it square on the shoulders of the whiny, crybaby (probably a prog) neighbor, who thinks cops should respond willy-nilly in the middle of a blizzard, during a State of Emergency. Yeah, the cops ain’t got nuthin’ better ta do at that time of night, right? The headline of this article is tending towards “anti-cop” sentiment, and there’s way more than enough of that going around right now. Oh well, anything to sell a story…………

  • Greg Straw

    This is the kind of thing you just do anyway and the State be damed,you don’t ask them nothing and if the thugs show up you just play dumb..then when they leave go back to doing what you want..

  • mirageseekr

    “How sick are Americans going to get of hearing that tripe in the weeks and years to come?”

    I think you hit the nail right on the head. I guess there is a reason you don’t qualify to be a cop if your too smart because you just might start wondering why you are a paid thug used to generate money for state.

  • Worn Wranglers

    Yep, what I said.

  • roddy6667

    In many cities, door-to-door canvassing is a ruse for checking to see if anybody is home. That’s why you need a permit. A $10 permit is not going to stop a kid from shoveling snow, it just lets you know who is at your front door.

  • sry America you stood by and did nothing
    home of the brave was in the 40’s today time is home of the gays and weak

  • Fuzzychickens

    Kids need to put service flyer in envelope and say it’s a private communication to the neighbors. Hand it to them at the door.

    Neighbors could say exact same thing.

    No one talks, and the kids can do what kids used to be able to do.

    Or kids could just do it openly and get arrested. Find out if the community will put up with tyrants.

  • Steve O

    So is a permit also required to just let the snow remain? Oh right, there is likely a TICKET for failure to remove the snow.

  • James Anderson

    Now I know why you don’t show your face you racist coward.