A 12-year-old boy had the police called on him while he delivered newspapers in his Ohio neighborhood on Friday.
The paper route was Uriah Sharp’s first job, and it was his first day. Unfortunately, Uriah had delivered the papers to the wrong homes and had to go back and pick them up again.
Watching from her window, a woman saw the young boy collecting the papers again and called the police to report suspicious activity.
According to an outraged Facebook post from his mother Brandie Sharp, who was with him at the time, the police pulled up to ask her and her son a few questions: ‘as if we were intruding in their area.’
‘[I am] totally disgusted and disturbed that this kind of behavior still exists,’ Ms. Sharp wrote.
The 911 caller told police it originally looked to her like the mother and son were delivering newspapers: ‘but I noticed they were walking up to the houses with nothing in hand and one of them came back with something.’
‘I mean, I don’t want to say something was going on, but it just seemed kind of suspicious,’ she said, ABC reported.
‘[It is] sad I can’t even teach my son the value of working without someone whispering and looking at us out the side of their eye perhaps because we don’t “look like a person that belongs in their neighborhood,”‘ Ms. Sharp wrote in her Facebook post.
‘My apologies Upper Arlington for bringing my 12-year-old African American son into your neighborhood to deliver the paper and make a few dollars on the side… NO HARM INTENDED.’
Upper Arlington Police responded to Ms. Sharp’s post, which quickly went viral, claiming police ‘quickly determined’ there was no issue after attending the call out to ‘suspicious activity.’
‘The first officer to arrive quickly determined it was a team of people delivering printed advertising materials and reported back that there was no issue,’ the post read.
The police said it would be more common to see people approach front doors in coming weeks, like rules about how papers and pamphlets can be delivered.
‘For some context, UA recently enacted a law placing more stringent requirements on the delivery of printed materials, such as advertising packets, to help reduce littering.
‘Deliveries must be made to specific locations, such as on a porch or through a mail slot in the front door. This has changed the patterns of delivery people since they are required to walk up to each home to correctly deliver these materials.’