IRMO, S.C. — The rite of passage for some teens is actually illegal in one South Carolina town.
Teens are not allowed to cut neighbors' laws and be paid in Irmo, WLTX reported.
Irmo’s Code of Ordinances actually prohibits it.
According to WLTX, the ordinance reads:
If charged, those who go against the law could face a $500 fine or 30 days in jail.
Not only is it illegal to cut the grass of a neighbor to earn some extra spending money, kids are also apparently not allowed to sell cookies or lemonade.
Some members of the town’s council want to amend the law to specifically allow teens to be able to earn money.
Teens' lawn mowing, "keep(s) them out of trouble, let them earn some money for the summer, and then they can make enough money so they can buy their school supplies when they go back to school, you know? It's a win-win for everybody; I get my grass cut. They earn money legally and learn how to be entrepreneurs. That's the way Irmo should be, promote that sort of stuff," council member Barry Walker told WLTX.
One teen said that he doesn’t make much and that most of his earnings go back into the lawnmower in the form of gas.
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