Community Rallies Around Age 12 Boy Who Has Cops Called on Him for Mowing Lawn


It was a Saturday morning, and 12-year-old Reginald Fields rounded up his kid crew for a day of honest work.

Reggie operates his own business, “Mr. Reggie’s Lawn Cutting Service.” He’s learning the ins and outs of lawn care and business ownership while pocketing some hard-earned summer cash.

Resident Lucille Holt, from Maple Heights, Ohio, hired Reggie and company to mow her lawn. She was initially confused when, out of nowhere, a police car drove into the neighborhood and parked across the street.

Holt was shocked, then angry, when she learned that a neighbor had called the police on the kids.

Apparently, the work crew, consisting of Reggie’s cousins and siblings, accidentally cut some of the grass on the neighbor’s property.

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“They called the police to tell the police that the kids was cutting their grass,” Holt said. “Who does that?”

The kids, some of them as young as 9 years old, didn’t know about the imaginary property line running between Holt’s grass and the neighbor’s. Even Holt herself is unclear about the official yard boundaries.

“I’m so glad you are out here doing something positive,” Holt said, praising the work crew. “You should not be getting the police called on you just because you’re cutting grass.”

The officers spoke to Holt and the neighbor separately. They left the kids alone.

At first, Reggie was discouraged that the job didn’t go as planned.

“They said I was cutting their grass,” Reggie said. “I didn’t know it!”


But after Holt posted a video of the incident to Facebook, Reggie’s community responded with overwhelming support for the young businessman.

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Reggie’s business is now absolutely booming throughout the area. Holt’s inbox has been flooded with requests for Reggie’s contact information.

He was even offered a masterclass with lawn experts “The Grass Guys,” who handed down their years of advice to the boy.

Reggie already has the mind of an entrepreneur. He’s saving all his money to expand his business.

“Just give me a call. I will be there,” Reggie said. “On time!”

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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