With school closed with the blizard two Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School seniors thought they could make a few extra bucks.
The two friends were canvasing a neighborhood near this borough’s border with Bridgewater early Monday evening, handing out fliers promoting their service, when they were pulled over by police and told to stop.
The teens story was shared on a popular Bound Brook Facebook group by a resident who saw Schnepf being questioned by police after coming to his door.
“Are you kidding me? Our generation does nothing but complain about his generation being lazy and not working for their money,” he wrote on Bound Bound Brook teens shoveling. “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?”
An updated post on the Bound Brook NJ Events Facebook page read:
It’s a shame that the media twisted this into an anti-police propaganda.
When the police get a phone call they have to react regardless this had nothing to do with the police this was all about the caller the teens were not ticketed. I know a lot of you will agree because you have seen where the discussion started so let’s get our finest off of discussion please. Our Police Department did not stop them they only talked with them to see if everything was ok just wanted to clear that up with whoever read the media story side of this first.
Members of the group responded with support for the young entrepreneurs.
Bound Brook, like many municipalities in the state and country, has a law against unlicensed solicitors and peddlers.
Despite the rule, however, Police Chief Michael Jannone said the two young businessmen were not arrested or issued a ticket, and that the police’s concern was about them being outside during dangerous conditions, not that they were unlicensed.
“We don’t make the laws but we have to uphold them,” he said Tuesday after reading some of the online comments about the incident. “This was a state of emergency. Nobody was supposed to be out on the road.”
The teens managed to line up five jobs, earning $25 to $40 a house.
BOUND BROOK POLICE TELL TEENS NO MORE SHOVELING SNOW