Pennsylvania barber shop owner, John Interval is being faced with a hefty $750 fine for refusing to cut a woman’s hair. “I didn’t really consider it so much a discrimination thing as it’s a barbershop… for guys” said Interval.
Interval’s barbershop, Barbiere has always catered to the affluent market for male clientele. One of the ways this is done is by offering cold beers and cocktails, compliments of their haircuts. But Interval had no idea that he was breaking the law when he chose not to administer his haircutting services to women.
Once the incident occurred, Diamond Pecjak filed a complaint with the state’s Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs; after which, the state investigator paid a visit to the barber shop and interviewed Interval. Based on the interview, Interval was issued a fine.
Close to 100 supporters signed a petition to rule in opposition of the decision made by the board, but the fine remained.
U.S. Navy recruiter, Jeff Andrewson gave his thoughts on the situation. “I think it’s ridiculous. You can clearly see no women come here to get their hair cut”
Interval says he will pay the fine and has future plans to expand his business so that he can cater to female patrons.
“You know, I’m not opposed to doing women’s hair; just not in this shop. I don’t even have the equipment to do women’s hair. I want to open a shop to cater to them and no men will be allowed there. They’ll have all the champagne and mimosas they want, and that’ll be on the house” said Interval.
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