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Neighbors call police on 12-year-old mowing grass, boy turns viral video into more business

Posted at 4:29 PM, Jun 28, 2018

A boy in Maple Heights, Ohio is running his own business this summer, cutting lawns and cleaning up yards.

Reginald Fields, 12, is the owner of Mr. Reggie's Lawn Cutting Service. With several helping hands from his cousins, brothers and sisters, they are up with the sun every day working the neighborhood.

That's what they were doing when someone called Maple Heights police on them.

"They said I was cutting their grass. I didn't know it!" Reggie said.

His customer, Lucille Holt, said she was confused when she saw police, but quickly learned the next-door neighbors called to complain that the group was in their yard and had cut about a foot onto their property.

"They said the kids cut their grass," Holt said.

Reggie said the police said nothing to him and the kids. He finished the job and felt a little discouraged.

"I was like, that's a shame. I didn't know," Reggie said.

But that didn't last long.

Lucille Holt created a Facebook post about what happened and ended up with thousands of views and hundreds of shares.

"I guess I have a line where part of it is not my yard. They called the police to tell the police that the kids were cutting their grass," Holt said in the video.

Now, Reggie is getting a lot of support for his new business from people who saw the video and want to make sure he's never discouraged again.

"People are inboxing me like, 'how can I get in touch with this children? Where are they at? I got property I want these kids to cut,'" Holt said.

Reggie, his siblings and his cousins are getting calls from all over the city now.

Reggie said he's trying to save the money he earns to buy new equipment and grow his business.

"Just give me a call. I will be there. On time!" He said.

The neighbor who called the police said they were aware of the Facebook video but would not agree to an on-camera interview.