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The City of Shoreline, Washington finds jobs for kids---mowing lawns!


What do you do when you have a bunch of kids with nothing to do? 

Well you can have them cut the grass around all the storm water retention ponds located all around the city. 

These ponds are located inside fenced areas that under normal conditions utilize the fences to keep the kids out.  But it now seems, the city is using the fences to keep the kids in---and off the street.  These fenced in areas tend to get overgrown with grass and brambles and become difficult to maintain. 

Whoever came up with the idea to reverse the purpose of the fence was a genius!

Of course if you have kids inside these fenced-in areas, it is also a good idea to have some adult supervision.  So why not make it a family experience? 

At this retention pond at the corner of NE 170th ST and 15 Ave NE, near my house, the whole family seemed to be content working for their room and board.

The whole family at the pond

Perhaps they know that when the grass is gone here---there are greener pastures to come!

The kids  The Boss

The lawn mower 


Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle

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Comment balloon 13 commentsCharles Buell • May 16 2013 07:12AM


This is priceless!!

I was going to reply and ask about liability insurance for "kids" cutting grass on community property.


Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Ingenious! Hey wait a minute... when I look closely one of those "kids" match the profile of the shadow in your profile picture. Have you been moonlighting? :-)

Have a great day!

Posted by Fred Hernden, CMI, Albuquerque area Master Inspector (Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area) about 7 years ago

Charlie, They used to have goats keep the grass down over some of the Navy ammo bunkers.  And these "kids" are cutting into the business my brother and I used to have when we were kids :)  Bill

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 about 7 years ago

Hi Charles,

Where in the world did you take the shots of my relatives? :-)

Looks like the kids are in very good shape.

They would starve to death here. We are still in a three year drought. Send some rain our way please.

Have a great day chasing kids in the Seattle area.

Best, Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) about 7 years ago

GOOD MORNING CHARLES!  Now that is eco-friendly lawn mowing!

Posted by Gabrielle Kamahele Rhind, Broker/Owner (KGC Properties LLC, Tucson Property Management & Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Charles -- great play on words there.  Not sure how economically feasible this is in the long run, as I hear it is pretty spendy to have those kids mowing down the vegetation.  Hope your weekend is great!

Posted by Steven Cook (No Longer Processing Mortgages.) about 7 years ago

Lenn, it good to pick the correct kids :)

Fred, I think the frog would be happy in there too :)

Liz and Bill, no doubt---and they go and sleep in the shade whenever they feel like it

Clint, well you do live in a desert don't you? :)

Gabrielle, and no cloud of smoke either---and much quieter

Steven, I think it all depends what they eat---it is always about control I guess :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 7 years ago

Since the objective is to keep the kids off the street, I don't see a basketball court.  Are they offering Midnight Basketball?

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 7 years ago

Jay, they just need some tin cans to kick eat

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) about 7 years ago


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