A 12-year-old Ohio entrepreneur said his lawn-mowing business is getting a lot of new clients after one neighbor called the police on him for mowing their wrong yard.
Reggie Fields runs Mr. Reggie’s Lawn Cutting Service in Cleveland, with help from his siblings and his cousins. This tiny crew is up with the sun every day working in the neighborhood.
While the crew was happily cutting the lawn at Lucille Holt’s home in Maple Heights, that was until the police showed up after her neighbors complained that the children had accidentally cut part of their grass, News5 Cleveland reported.
Reggie said that he didn’t realize they were in the neighbor’s yard.
“They said I was cutting their grass. I didn’t know it,” he said.
Holt, who is black, said that her neighbors have called the police many times, including when her children had a snowball fight and when her son parked his car on the grass in her backyard, The New York Times reported.
“If they would have been four white children, the police would not have been called,” she said. “A lot of it is racially motivated.”
Fields said that police just talked to the adults and said nothing to the children.
“I was like, that’s a shame. I didn’t know,” Reggie said.
Now, they are getting a lot of new clients from all over the city.
“People are inboxing me like, ‘how can I get in touch with these children? Where are they at? I got property I want these kids to cut,'” Holt, who set up a GoFundMe page for Reggie, said.
Reggie said he’s trying to save the money he earns to buy new equipment and grow his business.