After neighbors called police on four young landscaping entrepreneurs for apparently cutting about a foot of grass in their property, an Ohio resident went live on Facebook out of anger for a now-viral video.
Lucille Holt's lawn was being cut by four minors – whom she referred to as "two young men and two young ladies" – in the Ohio city of Maple Heights.
In the video titled "This is RIDICULOUS!!!" posted June 23 on Facebook, which has been viewed more than 300,000 times, Holt said her neighbor called the police because the budding landscapers cut grass about a foot into their property.
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"They called the police to tell the police that the kids were cutting their grass. Who does that? Who does that?" Holt says in the video.
Holt passionately suggested the children cutting grass should be praised, not maligned.
"They should be glad these kids not out here breaking their car windows out. They should be glad the kids not out here stealing their cars," Holt said. "You called the police because the kids are out here cutting the grass, and they cut the grass that wasn't a part of our grass. I don't know what part is my grass and what part is your grass."
In the video, Holt references the killing of a 9-year-old – possibly Saniyah Nicholson, who was fatally shot amid crossfire in Cleveland on June 20 while waiting inside of her mom's car along with a 20-year-old sibling who was not injured.
In the video, a boy who is also 9 years old is near Holt. He tells Holt that he knew the recent gun violence victim because they went to the same school.
"I'm so glad you out here doing something positive. You should not be getting the police called on you because you're out here cutting grass," Holt says. "Yes, I'm going live because I am so angry right now."
Near the end of the video, a police officer approaches Holt and suggests they speak privately in a location where the neighbor won't be in sight – likely to avoid escalating the situation.
In a Facebook comment, Holt said police suggested she call the city to perform a property inspection. Holt said that she would not do so because the neighbor is the "one with the issue."