Twelve-year-old Reggie Fields is a Cleveland area native. Once summer break began, Reggie found himself with a lot of free time on his hands.
So like any budding entrepreneur, he seized the opportunity to start a lawn-mowing business called “Mr. Reggie’s Lawn Cutting Service”. Reggie employs his siblings and cousins to help him out.
On Friday, Reggie was cutting Lucille Holt’s lawn when suddenly the local Maple Heights Police showed up.
Apparently, a patch of Holt’s grass actually belongs to her neighbor. And that neighbor called the police saying that Reggie’s mowing had ruined their lawn.
Ms. Holt was furious at her neighbor’s actions and recorded the incident on Facebook Live.
Check it out.
People online are also furious and sick to death of incidents like this.
This insanity – racist behavior – must stop now. A white woman called police on a black 12-year-old who was mowing grass https://t.co/Te5dUsMDQJ #LivingWhileBlack #MowingGrass #Black #Youth #Racism #MrReggiesLawnService #ReggieFields #MapleHeights #Ohio
— Michael Coscia (@mc528) July 1, 2018
There is something really wrong with some of y’all. He accidentally cut some of your grass? Which benefits you? And… you call the police? https://t.co/DAll17pzta
— roxane gay (@rgay) June 29, 2018
Trump-loving racists are feeling empowered to call the cops on brown-skinned children for the most ridiculous of things — but in this case, the buffoonish bigot's 911 call backfires as 12-year-old Reggie Fields lawn mowing business is now booming https://t.co/jg46Np0Ta1
— Bill Madden (@activist360) July 1, 2018
White neighbor calls police on 12-year old kid mowing grass bc he “crossed over their property line.” Seriously who calls the effing police when they get some free lawn mowing??? https://t.co/KoWec6Zkj3
— Asha Rangappa (@AshaRangappa_) July 1, 2018
The neighbors called the cops on 12-year-old Reginald Fields because he accidentally cut part of their lawn. How is that a crime? The police did nothing to the kid, but why did they even bother to show up? There are systemic problems here to be addressed. https://t.co/3JoYWo4IXN
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) June 29, 2018
If you are calling the police on a 12 year old working mowing lawns, then you are what is wrong with this country. Full stop.
— James Thompson (@JamesThompsonKS) July 1, 2018
Neighbors called the police on Reginald Fields, 12. Their complaint? He cut their grass (where property lines meet). Young Reggie is the owner of Mr. Reggie's Lawn Cutting Service. https://t.co/MvrTK2g8od
— Ruth H. Hopkins (@RuthHHopkins) June 29, 2018
Screaming bc these are probably the same people who complain about kids having a lack of work ethic and “wasn’t it great back in my day when we would mow lawns for our own $” lol OK…..
— jame (@ancientgirl2) June 29, 2018
I've been doing it all wrong, apparently. When the college students neighbors cut my strip of lawn attached to theirs, I shared food or bought them beer to say thanks. What was I thinking?!!
Oh, that's right. I have a soul. Silly me.
— misanthropic codger (@CybeleSees) June 30, 2018
The latest incident of police being called on Black folks just existing even drew attention overseas.
This is just crazy. How would the neighbours like it when they made an emergency call because they were in real danger and the police officers were busy dealing with well-behaved 12 year-olds?
— serapion (@serapi0n) July 1, 2018
I'd chap the racist naihbours out
— Jenybee123 (@jenybee123) July 1, 2018
But once the story went viral, the community rallied behind Reggie to show their support of his entrepreneurial efforts.
Introducing Reggie Fields, the 2018 entrepreneur of the year, whose Mr. Reggie's Lawn Cutting Service employs four people, ages 9 to 12. The people of Ohio stepped up and did the right thing, and Reggie will be expanding his business.https://t.co/jraK2ObTUt
— Theuresa Maven (@theuresamaven) July 1, 2018
The incident and viral video have ended up being a boom in Reggie’s business. To the young Reginald Fields, don't let the ignorance of others stop you from your greatness King. https://t.co/q0b1Nd8wRB
— EBONY MAGAZINE (@EBONYMag) June 29, 2018
YOU GO, REGGIE! As the 12-year-old boy mowed the grass in his Ohio neighborhood, someone called the police on him because he accidentally cut a strip of their lawn. Now he has a lot more customers and business is booming! https://t.co/iuSK14V6RY pic.twitter.com/RtroAljH2M
— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) June 29, 2018
Reggie even got kudos from “The official Twitter account of Ohio’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Paolo DeMaria.”
Reggie Fields is one of Ohio’s amazing students! I’m so proud of his mature reaction and his community’s support. We’re collectively better than the misguided actions of a few. We must support each and every one of Ohio’s children #EachChildOurFuture https://t.co/ivcpb4xTUR
— Paolo DeMaria (@OHEducationSupt) July 1, 2018
Congratulations to Mr. Fields for persevering and rising above the ignorance and hatred!
H/T: HuffPost, Twitter