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Title: Women Fined $100,000, Face Potential Jail Time, Just for Braiding Hair
Source: Free Thought Project
URL Source: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/hair-braiding-police-state-fines/
Published: Mar 19, 2018
Author: Matt Agorist
Post Date: 2018-03-20 08:46:26 by Deckard
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Views: 345
Comments: 11

In the state of Tennessee, braiding hair without first paying thousands of dollars and attending hundreds of hours of courses can and will get you hit with thousands of dollars in fines. If you do not pay these fines, rest assured that you can and will be thrown in jail. What’s more, as the case below illustrates, even if you have a license, you are still not immune from the fines.

Fatou Diouf has been braiding hair for her entire life. She became so good at it that she jumped through all the legal hoops, sat through hundreds of hours of needless classes, and paid thousands of dollars so she could finally turn this passion into a career.

“I never did any other job but hair braiding my whole life,” Diouf told the Institute for Justice. “I cannot recall a time when I did not know how.”

However, because the state is dependent on revenue it generates from citizens—via taxation or extortion—the Tennessee government has begun cracking down on hair braiders.

As the IJ reports, in recent years, Tennessee has forced Fatou to pay a staggering $16,000 in fines, simply because she employed workers who did not have a government license to braid hair. Nor is she alone. After examining meeting minutes and disciplinary actions for the Tennessee Board of Cosmetology and Barber Examiners, the Institute for Justice has identified nearly $100,000 in fines levied against dozens of braiders and more than 30 different natural hair shops and salons since 2009.

All of those violations were for unlicensed braiding; none were triggered by any health or sanitation violation.

Normally, the state would only target unlicensed braiders who dared to make a living out of their homes without first paying the government for permission. However, they are now targetting folks like Fatou who allow braiders to work in their establishments without first paying the government.

It’s not as easy as simply paying the government for the privilege of braiding hair either. In order not to be fined thousands of dollars by the state for braiding hair, you must attend and complete a course that is at least 300 hours long and costs anywhere between $1,500 and $5,000 for tuition.

With her years of experience, completing the classes required for a state license was “mostly a waste of my time,” Fatou recalled, according to the IJ. “We don’t need 300 hours to know how to wash a clip or a comb.”

To illustrate the ridiculous nature of such a course to braid hair, consider the fact that, in some instances, less training is required to be a police officer in the state as they only need 500 hours while some of the cosmetology courses are upwards of 1,000 hours.

The extortion has become such a problem that even some lawmakers are speaking out and proposing legislation to end it. “By deregulating natural hair training people could open up their own business without a natural hairstyle license,” Rep. Antonio Parkinson of Memphis said of TN House Bill 1809, proposed by The Department of Commerce and Insurance that deregulates the natural hair industry.

As the IJ reports:

Even more ironically, some of the bill’s loudest opponents have actually come from licensed natural hair stylists, who claim the license is necessary to protect the public.

Yet according to testimony by McCormack, there have been only two health and safety complaints against natural hair stylists since 2010. In fact, the Department has “opened more than 200 administrative complaints for unlicensed activity where we have seen no sanitation violations,” he said. “That’s actually more than we have licensees currently with the Department.”

Those findings are further borne out by a 2016 report from the Institute for Justice, which analyzed complaints filed against braiders in states that have a separate license for natural hair care. “Across seven years and 10 jurisdictions, just nine complaints with health and safety issues were received for unlicensed braiders,” the report concluded. “Further, none of the complaints alleging consumer harm were verified by licensing boards.”

Indeed, the entire premise of extorting people over hair braiding has nothing to do with actual safety and everything to do with generating revenue.

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#1. To: Deckard (#0)

Yes it is stupid. If someone wants her to braid their hair that is between those two people. Assholes would disagree.

A K A Stone  posted on  2018-03-20   8:51:25 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#2. To: Deckard (#0)

It’s a state license. I have a state license. Yes it sucks but this happens when people get hurt and turn to government to punish those people.

She wants to run a business but not be part of the business world. To bad. The rest of us deal with and they too must or get fined into submission.

Justified  posted on  2018-03-20   10:11:39 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#3. To: Justified (#2)

In other words she has more balls than you and you are a conformist who conforms to unconstitutional bullshit.

A K A Stone  posted on  2018-03-20   10:17:17 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#4. To: A K A Stone (#3)

State has the right to regulate. If you are dumb enough to fight a losing fight and go bankrupt, go for it. I see why they require license because there are a shit load of crazy people not smart enough to no they will harm people.

My problem with it is either regulated or not but those that don’t I feel no pity if they get caught while the rest of us suck it and live legal.

Justified  posted on  2018-03-20   10:26:47 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#5. To: Justified (#4) (Edited)

Some regulations are fine. But for braiding hair is retarted.

Show me one example of something bad that happened because someone braided someone's hair.

A K A Stone  posted on  2018-03-20   10:34:47 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#6. To: Justified (#4)

Do states really have rights or do people have rights? I would say that somebody has a right to their own body and they want someone to braid their hair that's their business not the f****** governments

A K A Stone  posted on  2018-03-20   10:36:05 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#7. To: A K A Stone (#5)

It’s covered under hair care. Give government an inch and they take it all.

Justified  posted on  2018-03-20   10:39:25 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#8. To: A K A Stone (#6)

We gave up our rights a long time ago. Isn’t socialism great!

Justified  posted on  2018-03-20   10:41:00 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#9. To: Justified (#7)

It’s covered under hair care. Give government an inch and they take it all.

So are you defending licensing for hair braiding?

One could argue that or hair cutting, any errors could not be undone. Hair must grow back, so any incompetent work would detrimental to clients.

But hair braiding is hardly an art that could cause this kind of harm. There is no public harm cause for it to be licensed. And if it did, 300 hours of instruction hardly seems necessary.

Business licensing is often established not so much to protect the public as much as to lock in a monopoly by a select group of tradesmen, or tradeswomen in this case, to limit competition and keep prices high, which is detrimental to the public good.

Pinguinite  posted on  2018-03-21   10:35:10 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#10. To: A K A Stone (#1)

" Yes it is stupid. If someone wants her to braid their hair that is between those two people. Assholes would disagree. "

Agree 100 % !!!! It is amazing how some here will rabidly defend the statists to the hilt, even over something as stupid as this !

Remember those defending the raids of kids kool aide stands ?

Si vis pacem, para bellum

Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.

Never Pick A Fight With An Old Man He Will Just Shoot You He Can't Afford To Get Hurt

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Stoner  posted on  2018-03-21   17:00:31 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#11. To: Pinguinite (#9)

So are you defending licensing for hair braiding?

It is what it is. If they want to making a living doing hair work then get a license like the rest of us poor saps.

I personally do not care that much. I do think its over reach but after being in business for 20 years im use to it. Its the federal regulations that kick my ass as a small business man. I doubt its 300 hours. Maybe she/he doesn't have any formal training and they are demanding them to get a trained in hair care or whatever its called. I have to take 8 hours of state course every year. I hate it and its mostly federal crap with some state stuff thrown in. Nothing to help us in the field.

Justified  posted on  2018-03-21   19:09:22 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

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