Shovels Kicked To Snowy Curb
Ross McTyre, 59, remembers a time when a ground covered in fresh white powder meant that the neighborhood boys would take to the streets, shovels in hand, knocking on doors with offers to clear driveways of snow for petty cash.
Perhaps a sign of changing times, the Commack resident answered a knock at his door on Sunday to find 12-year-old David Mori and 13-year-old Josh Jurman equipped with not only a snow shovel, but a Kawasaki Mule – a vehicle typically used on commercial properties with large sidewalks – with a snow plow attached to its nose.
“You know in the old days, when I went out and shoveled snow I had a shovel,” McTyre said. “These kids today, they come with machines. It’s really wild.”
The boys made a convincing pitch from the very beginning – driveway snow removal for a rate of $20 – but McTyre was officially sold when he saw the Kawasaki.
Mori had noticed the vehicle sitting in the family garage and wanted to make some money.
“I said to myself, ‘Why don’t we just use it for once and make some money out of it?’,” said the Commack Middle School seventh grader.
Already a businessman, Mori said he usually gets 75 percent of the earnings and his friend gets 25. Sometimes, if he’s feeling nice, he agrees to split it 50-50.
“I just like the habit of owning money, not like, having your parents spend money on you,” he said. “You know, you have your own money… It’s a good thing, it’s a good feeling.”
His dad, Ronnie Mori, who taught David how to use the Kawasaki, said that his son is characteristically money-minded.
“His brain is always thinking of what he could do to make money,” said the older Mori. “He really doesn’t like to spend it, he saves it.”