You have probably heard of the stories about local police and governments that have been cracking down on kids who participate in positive and productive behavior such as selling lemonade or cookies without a permit. (Here, here, here, here, Heck, there are too many to keep track of), Now, there is a new “crime” that these “benevolent” governments and “protectors of our freedoms” have set their sights on: shoveling snow without a permit.
Yup. That’s right. According to this article, two High School seniors, Matt Molinari and Eric Schnepf, fom Bridgewater, NJ decided to go out and make a few bucks by shoveling snow for their neighbors. Similar to selling lemonade, this is an act that most of us probably participated in when we were young. Shoveling snow for a few bucks is beneficial to all parties involved. It provides a valuable service to the customer, and in return, the boys receive money for their hard work. It’s a win-win. Can’t argue with that. Right?
Wrong. While it is a win-win for the young entrepreneurs and their customers, there is however, a group of busy-bodies who don’t like it when others participate in the long-lived practice of voluntarily exchanging goods and services with one another. So, this group of busy-bodies write arbitrary laws and then tell their enforcers (the police) to go out there and enforce their arbitrary policies. That is exactly what has happened to these two young entrepreneurs. That’s why, in Bound Brook, NJ, 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.”
In regards to this incident, one Bound Brook, NJ resident posted on the Bound Brook NJ Events‘ page: “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?”
This person is absolutely correct. These two boys were out there doing something productive and positive, and they were told by police officers, that they were doing something illegal. Many people still look to the government and police to help with societal problems, but instead of helping, they create and enforce petty, arbitrary laws that turn good, productive people into potential criminals in the eyes of the state.
Governments do not provide solutions, individuals do. Instead of turning to the state for solutions to society’s problems, we all need to look more to each other, to people like Matt and Eric, who want to provide solutions, and yet are prevented from doing so by these government officials.read more