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Regulations not needed for barbers

Published 8:45pm Friday, April 27, 2012

Dear Editor,

This letter is in response House Bill 664. I have been a barber for 32 years. I went to John Patterson, and I received my barber licenses. What did the board do for me? Nothing!

I don’t need an inspector to come in and write me up for hair on the floor and a lid not on the garbage can. I have never known of anyone being harmed by a product. If so, they are not going to call the barber board; they will call a lawyer.

I know cosmetolgists that work as barbers. One reason is the cost of licenses increased and there is a constant change of regulations. It is all about money.

We need less regulations, not more. Small business does not have a chance. Who is going to pay for this, the state? They can’t pay employees now and are laying off.

I have ladies working with me, and they are the only provider. Some have worked 22 years and 15 years. What are they going to do, draw pennies, get on food stamps or welfare? Or will they be grandfathered in?

The only reason this bill is coming forth is because of the cosmetologists complaining. Cosmetologists, what benefits have you received from the board? An inspector comes to town, and 5 minutes later you all know and the shops are cleaned.

Are we going to have jobs? Also, we pay taxes.

Holly McGriff Green, City Barber Shop, Clanton

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  • snakemeister

    I have no knowledge of cutting hair nor any inclination to learn but I do know that most laws are past to benefit special interest not the public.If this silly law is pasted the only difference the public will see is higher prices for haircuts.This is a classic case of ‘if you can’t compete legislate’ as barber shops are a thorn in the cosmetology industry’s side with their lower prices.It doesn’t seem to matter hich major party is in power ,at the end of their terms we have more taxes, regulations,laws, a lower standard of living, and less freedom.It’s well past time for a viable third party whose tenets of operation are based more on the thoughts of people like Thomas Jefferson and less on those of Chairman Mao.

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