Like most people, I love a little sweat-of-your-brow initiative, and it’s twice as cool if it’s displayed by budding entrepreneurs who aren’t even out of high school yet. So two teenagers going door to door after a heavy snowstorm, asking if they can help out by shoveling driveways and sidewalks for a little extra cash… that’s excellent. Who would possibly object to it?
The Jersey cops, that’s who. They picked up two Bridgewater high-school seniors and told them to scram, because
“They need a permit. Unpermitted solicitation is not allowed.”
So the duo scotched its plan for neighborhood-wide, hand-powered snow removal, except for a few clients who had come on board sans “unpermitted solicitation.”
I understand that free speech and free commerce are different, but it’s still kind of a fucked-up lesson to learn.
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