Lincoln residents who water their lawns on the wrong day could face a lot more than a ticket. They could be hurting their careers and hiring potential.
More than 160 residents have been ticketed for illegally watering their lawns as the city continues mandatory water-use restrictions to deal with the record drought. Those convicted will each pay $148 in fines and court costs and will have a misdemeanor conviction, which could spell trouble on the job front.
Like many employers, Lincoln Public Schools requires teachers to report even misdemeanor charges to the district. Lincoln attorney Susan Kirchmann says some employers are so sensitive to criminal records, they won't hire a person with even a misdemeanor record.