Hair Crimes and Misdemeanours

Today we can add one more threat to the list of grave and growing dangers that keep society quivering under its bed in a state of collective nervous breakdown — the scourge of unlicensed barbering:

As many as 14 armed Orange County deputies, including narcotics agents, stormed Strictly Skillz barbershop during business hours on a Saturday in August, handcuffing barbers in front of customers during a busy back-to-school weekend.

It was just one of a series of unprecedented raid-style inspections the Orange County Sheriff’s Office recently conducted with a state regulating agency, targeting several predominantly black- and Hispanic-owned barbershops in the Pine Hills area.

In “sweeps” on Aug. 21 and Sept. 17 targeting at least nine shops, deputies arrested 37 people — the majority charged with “barbering without a license,” a misdemeanor that state records show only three other people have been jailed in Florida in the past 10 years.

The operations were conducted without warrants, under the authority of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation inspectors, who can enter salons at will. Deputies said they found evidence of illegal activity, including guns, drugs and gambling. However, records show that during the two sweeps, and a smaller one in October, just three people were charged with anything other than a licensing violation.

So, let’s recap:

1.  The raids were conducted without warrants.

2. The raids were conducted in the guise of “regulatory inspection” — which, as it turns out, is a creative way to neatly get around the need for a warrant.  You have to wonder why narcotics agents would be needed to enforce Barbering Regulations.

But here’s the real outrage:  if the Authorities are going to be Clamping Down Hard on barbers, I’d hope that they’d be going after the nefarious felons who commit these atrocities:

Or maybe those fall under the category of butchering rather than barbering.

(h/t hit&run)

9 Responses to “Hair Crimes and Misdemeanours”


  1. 1 Cornelius T. Zen Monday, November 8, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Good morrow, all!
    Look! Over there! Shiny! See? Shiny! Woo-hoo!
    Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain – CTZen

  2. 2 Rev.Paperboy Monday, November 8, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Barbering without a licence? Those BASTARDS!!! They were lucky just to be handcuffed. Given the ready access of such deadly weapons as teasing combs and thinning shears, I’m surprise no one was tasered to death for such hideous transgressions.

  3. 3 Torontonian Monday, November 8, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Does one need a warrant to conduct a raid?

    I thought it was a spur of the moment thing
    or else well planned out. What am I missing here?

  4. 4 Terrence Monday, November 8, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    The state needs to go after the lonely town barbers who shave all and only those who don’t shave themselves.

    In Orange County, they avoid paradoxes of self-reference!

  5. 5 Great Aunty Bertha Monday, November 8, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Hey JJ

    I came across this and thought you might be amused.

    http://www.regretsy.com/2009/10/06/miscarriage-of-justice/

    GAB

  6. 6 Calgal Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 9:35 am

    You shouldn’t have to license your scissors. It’s our right to bear scissors and I’m sure the scissor registry is costly, cumbersome and not used for any good purpose.

  7. 7 Cornelius T. Zen Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Good morrow, all!
    We must be vigilant. we must all be on the lookout for unlicensed illegal immigrant gay Mexican Muslim barbers! Walk in for a haircut, walk out with a sudden urge to speak Spanish, rearrange furniture and blow things up!
    Imagine! Your local tonsorial parlor becomes a hotbed of explosive intrigue! The Big Tease meets Don’t Mess With The Zohar. Ay caramba! Ju wan’ some tonic, Senor? Doan walk too close to open flame, por favor.
    *ahem* Haircut, shave and C-4, gracias – CTZen

  8. 9 Imabear Friday, November 12, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I’m in L.A. and I remember hearing about this. Orange County is full of right-wing dickheads, but this seems out of control even for them. Clearly, their paranoia knows no limits.


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