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Area barbershops at risk of losing licenses
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Two local barber shops are at risk of losing their licenses because of unpaid citations, after a June 8 meeting of the state board of barbers.
But owners assert the problems are being resolved.
Men of Respect Barber Shop on Memorial Drive was charged $500 after an unannounced inspection in September 2007 for allegedly having a unlicensed barber working.
Owner Steven Frasier said that was his father, Nathaniel Frasier, who they thought was grandfathered in as a barber when licenses were required.
The other citation was against Patterson Barber Shop on West Hendry Street. It faces $600 in fines for having an unlicensed worker and for failing to post its 2007 inspection report in a conspicuous place. The alleged violations happened during an April 2008 inspection.
Co-owner Jean Patterson said after initial work on the allegations she and her husband, Frank, had not followed up because they had not heard form the state.
The board upheld the inspectors’ allegations at a November hearing.
Since citations have gone unpaid in the last six months, the board voted June 8 to ask the attorney general to get the licenses revoked.
Patterson said she and her husband went for the hearing at the Professional Licensing Boards in Macon, but they were not notified of any final verdict.
After a few, lengthy calls to the secretary of state’s office, Patterson said the office was sending mail to the wrong address.
“I informed them today I had not received any correspondence from them,” Patterson said last Friday. “They admitted that the address they have on file for us was our former address…that could have been part of the problem.”
She said they will get the problem corrected.
“It’s really disturbed me it’s had to reach that point,” Patterson said. “It would seem at some point the mail would have been returned… It doesn’t make sense to me.”
Frasier said he and his father assumed he did not need a license to cut hair since he had been working so long.
“I think something needs to be done with the older folks. They’ve been doing it so long… He’s always ran a barber shop.”
“We plan on taking care of it, though,” Frasier added.
The Pattersons will do the same.
“We don’t want to be shut down for $600,” Patterson said. “We should get more time because we did not know they made the decision.”
Georgia law requires barbers to be licensed in order to protect public health.
In a separate action, the state board of cosmetology denied a license application June 10 for Perfect Touch Beauty Salon in Hinesville.
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