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Why don't teens offers to shovel snow or mow lawns anymore?

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Why don't teens offers to shovel snow or mow lawns anymore?

When I was a kid, teens in the neighbourhood would often go around offering to shovel
driveways or cut grass in order to make some spending money.

It was a good way to make some decent coin at the age of 13 or 14 (when kids are too
young to get a "real" job).

This doesn't seem to happen anymore. At least not anywhere I've lived.

Do teens just have too money/allowance these days?
Too lazy?
Are homeowners no longer interested in such services?
Worried about injury claims?
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Reduced sense of community? Fewer people know their neighbours? Safety? Parents that give their kids everything so they don't need to work for it?
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Because they're smart enough to know that breaking their back to shovel a driveway for a lousy $15 ain't worth it. When I was kid, while my noob classmates were shoveling driveways, mowing lawns, delivering newspapers, I was charging classmates to look at my porn collection. That's how you make money, yo.
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OP, this still happens in our neighbourhood - one came by last week to ask about mowing. We get some stopping by to ask about raking, and shovelling in the winter, too.

However, I tell them I have my own son to do the work...
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Is day legal issues now.
Apparently kids these days can get their arm chopped off from the lawn mower than the parents will probably sue the homeowner for not properly overseeing their child.

Everything has to be bubble wrapped so that people can survive without getting sued... But than you'll still have to be careful.
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Just tired of all the teens selling $5 chocolate bars or asking for donations at the door
for their sports team.

Wish they would offer some kind of service instead of just begging.

It would be more dignified and would probably result in more $ for them too.
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Because back in the day you would pay the kids $5-10 to cut your grass and it was worth it to them. What does $5-10 get you now? On top of that, you really didn't care how they did it. It didn't have to be perfect. I can only imagine people now complaining about the work that is done.
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because they have wealthy parents. Weekly allowances have gone way up.
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Because talking to the neighbors is creepy.
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Maybe there's an overall higher standard of living. No one wants to shovel in the first place. $5 is not exactly going to entice them to do it.
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Who said it had to be just $5?

(Although considering the tiny size of many front lawns today, $5 might be appropriate if it's only
ten minutes of work). I think it would really depend on the size of yard.
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JaneDil wrote:
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Who said it had to be just $5?

(Although considering the tiny size of many front lawns today, $5 might be appropriate if it's only
ten minutes of work). I think it would really depend on the size of yard.
Even $25 wouldn't be much incentive. Kids are in their living rooms playing with $700 iPads and $500 xboxes among other things, which they probably got with little to no effort.
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In more than eight years of home ownership, we never had a single kid ask to shovel or cut the grass.
Although there was one enterprising teen who rented or bought a lawn aerator and offered to aerate
everyone's lawn. I thought it was smart on his part. It saved us from renting the equipment ourselves
and we didn't have to do the work.

I don't mind cutting the grass...but once in a while, it would be nice to have a break.
Especially if I felt it was helping out a neighbourhood kid.

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