It's a business that exists as long as there have been summer vacations and borrowed lawnmowers: A small entrepreneur offers to bear the rage of a summer sun on behalf of a neighbor and push a lawn mower over tall grass for a small fee.
Last week, in Maple Heights, Ohio, this entrepreneur was Reggie Fields, a 12-year middle school student who is the owner and mower of Mr. Reggies Lawn Service. His sister and two cousins also did handicrafts in their neighborhood outside of Cleveland, working with a rake and a broom.
That's what they said to Lucille Holt-Colden, 51
She was mostly right.
When Reggie and his troop finished their yard in front of Holt-Colden's house, an SUV of the Maple Heights Police rolled up.
When she saw the police through the window, she was surprised. Then, when she learned what had happened, she was outraged – and grabbed her cell phone to share it with the world.
"My neighbors staying in the house right there," she said and turned the phone while she recorded it on video. "So I think I have a line where part of it is not my garden, they called the police to tell the police that the children are cutting their grass, who's doing that, who's doing that?"
you The video is titled: "This is RIDICULOUS !!!", a phrase she repeated several times during an interview with The Washington Post, along with "Who's doing that?"
Reggie, it seemed, has not only in summer Business Administration learned; he was also taught the phenomenon of the 21st century known #LivingWhileBlack.
Recently, African Americans engaged in ridiculously harmless activities were seen by criminal-tinted glasses – and suddenly they found explanations to the police officers and to the guards about completely legal activities
Someone called the police at a black man He read a book about Christianity while watching the ocean. Black people have been hired by the authorities as they go to the gym, buy underwear, wait for the school bus and couponing.
Reggie is not even the youngest # LivingWhileBlack victim. A few weeks ago, an 8-year-old who sold passers-by with cold water to finance a trip to Disneyland was approached by a white woman pretending to call the police. In 2012, the police in Georgia were summoned to a primary school where they handcuffed a 6-year-old kindergarten student for a tantrum.
Holt-Colden and Reggie are both black; The neighbor who called the police for Reggie is white, but Holt-Colden does not know why the woman called the police. According to Holt-Colden, the same neighbor has called the police in the past – in December, the neighbor reported a snowball fight between Holt-Colden & # 39; s children. The Post Office has turned to the Maple Heights Police Department to confirm the call for a snowball fight. The neighbor could not be reached for a comment.
"If the children were white," said Holt-Colden of Reggie and his family members, "they would not have called." She told the post office that neighbors of different races live in the neighborhood, but "I have no problems with any other neighbors."
When the police arrived, Holt-Colden said Reggie's 9-year-old cousin was frozen with fear in her driveway, worried that he was in trouble.
But Reggie continued to mow. The children were not quoted in any way or stopped by the police.
Nevertheless, Holt-Colden said she was upset that an officer ever responded.
The Cleveland area was recently shaken by the death of Saniyah Nicholson, a 9-year-old killed in crossfire during a shootout in the eastern part of the city. Her death sparked concerns about the idle time of thousands of students outside of school for the summer, Holt-Colden said.
Saniyah sat in front of a boxing club in eastern Cleveland, as the Fox subsidiary of the city of WJW-TV reported two rival groups began shooting at each other. The bullets missed the older men, but hit the little girl while sitting in her mother's car. Her family was planning to bury her Saturday.
This is RIDICULOUS !!!
Posted by Lucille Holt on Saturday, June 23, 2018
Holt-Colden said she wanted more people who do what they can to keep children engaged in meaningful tasks. She feared Reggie's interaction with the police would be daunting.
Many others tried to prevent this.
"People are punching me like, 'How do I get in touch with these children?'" They? "" I have property to cut these children, "Holt said.
She started a GoFundMe Page for Reggie: On Saturday afternoon, people donated more than $ 8,600, which equates to more than 430 lawns.
But Reggie and his crew do not rest on this ad-fortune-driven blessing, with some people donating supplies – one Leaf blower and a lawn mower – to help his business and he still mows.
He even made flyers on orange paper with the image of a lawn mower: "Mr. Reggie Lawn Cutting Service. Step by step. Make an appointment I'll be punctual … "