Monday, November 08, 2010

Markets in Everything. Or Not: Criminal Barbering

Orlando Sentinel -- "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."

HT: Stuart Anderson

14 Comments:

At 11/08/2010 2:54 PM, Blogger Benjamin said...

Well, if these barbershops are behind some of the hairdos I have seen lately, then not only cloeing them, but prison sentences for proprietors are warranted.

 
At 11/08/2010 4:23 PM, Blogger Buddy R Pacifico said...

Do barbershop quartets do gangsta rap?

 
At 11/08/2010 5:32 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

Well, Buddy, as a matter of fact,
they do.

 
At 11/08/2010 7:59 PM, Blogger cluemeister said...

Is this Venezuela or America?

 
At 11/08/2010 9:26 PM, Blogger Buddy R Pacifico said...

Ron H, , as they say on Hawaii 5-0, "book-em Danno".

 
At 11/08/2010 10:33 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

"Is this Venezuela or America?"

Soon, it may not make much difference.

 
At 11/08/2010 10:40 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

"as they say on Hawaii 5-0, "book-em Danno"."

Awesome! A reggae version of the Gilligan's Island theme. I have nothing left to wish for.

 
At 11/08/2010 11:45 PM, Blogger truth or consequences said...

"barbering without a license"?????ROTFLMAO......and to think that so many around here rant about Europe and how "socialist" it is...LOL...guess what? you're WAY ahead of them in a lot of ways...The list goes on: You gotta register your kayak in OK...but not your guns....now that make a lot of sense don't it???? LOL

 
At 11/09/2010 6:26 AM, Blogger geoih said...

I know I feel safer. Thanks government.

 
At 11/09/2010 8:37 AM, Blogger juandos said...

Geez Ron H, did you really have to find that sort of clip?!?!...:-)

Hilarious though!!

"and to think that so many around here rant about Europe and how "socialist" it is...LOL...guess what? you're WAY ahead of them in a lot of ways"...

Well lack of truth or consequences do you even have a clue about what you're commenting on or do you make it up as you go along?

 
At 11/09/2010 10:23 AM, Blogger Curt said...

BACKGROUND

local barbers and hairdressers were being canvassed due to a general crackdown on drug distribution that purportedly were being transacted in barbershops rather than the traditional restaurants and bars. In the local african american community, these shops are as often 'hang-outs' as they are businesses.

In the process of canvassing they came across people who did not have a license. Checking licenses gave them leverage to force people to talk to them.

Since we have effectively removed discretionary enforcement as an option from our police, they felt that 'in the presence of a misdemeanor we had to enforce the law'.

In other words, they were rousting malcontents and happened to find license problems in the process. It's not that they were out looking for license violators.

(Not that we haven't militarized the police system, but thats not the case here.)

 
At 11/09/2010 1:08 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

"In other words, they were rousting malcontents and happened to find license problems in the process. It's not that they were out looking for license violators."

"Rousting Malcontents"?

I guess it's possible that they just happened to find license violations, and it's probably a good thing. Otherwise, if the Orlando Sentinel report is accurate, they might have been hard pressed to explain their 'probable cause'. As drug raids, these efforts were mostly failures, and they would have left pretty much empty handed otherwise.

It sure sounds to me more like:

"I stopped you because I noticed your tail light was broken."

I wonder what they will use as a cover next time, as license violations probably won't be available again.

 
At 1/25/2011 3:02 PM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

> "Is this Venezuela or America?"

NEITHER.

This is now the Obama Nation.

 
At 1/25/2011 3:09 PM, Blogger OBloodyHell said...

> In other words, they were rousting malcontents and happened to find license problems in the process. It's not that they were out looking for license violators.


Yeah, sure. If they have time/manpower to to process the PAPERWORK involved in this crap, then clearly, when the next round of budget cuts hit the OCSO, we'll know whose jobs to axe, won't we?

Yeesh.

 

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