My coworker shared this with me a few days ago and it got the whole break room debating.
Surely by now, some of you ladies have heard the tale out of Louisiana about a mother who ducked out on a stylist when it came to pay for the braids. Quick rundown:
- Mom dropped her 8-year-old daughter off with the stylist and left to run errands, which my coworker and I found odd because salons typically maintain that an adult remain with a child at all times during their appointment.
- Stylist spent nine hours braiding this baby girl's hair (and did a damn fabulous job if I daresay so myself). Nine hours later, Stylist texts Mom, says, "20 minutes"...and 20 minutes later, Mom is a no-show.
- TWO HOURS LATER, Mom says she has a flat tire, and Stylist is like, "Fine...I'll bring Baby Girl to the house."
- Mom's directions take the Stylist to a house Baby Girl says belongs to her grandmother. Her siblings are there, but they're all kids and there's no adult supervision.
- Stylist calls Mom, Mom "sounds unsure" of how she'll pay the Stylist, but says she'll bring the money to the Stylist's home.
- Stylist says fine, hops in her car heads out, is fairly certain that Mom is bullshittin', so she heads back to wait for her. She calls, texts...nothing.
- Finally sick of this, Stylist gets out of her car, summons Baby Girl, and cuts the braids out of the child's hair.
- She posts Before and After pics with the caption: "One thing I don’t play about is my money. I try to be patient with everybody but I will not get played."
My only beef with this is that Baby Girl got caught in the crossfire. I mean, yeah Stylist could've called CPS on the Mom for abandoning that child for over ten hours and, and then leaving her other kids without adult supervision. She could've also called the police and waited with them for the Mom.
“I cut the braids out and went on about my business,” she writes. “At the end of the day, I spent 9 hours away from my kids for nothing. Y’all wasn’t in my shoes or in my position. I have to take care of my three babies and I will do what I have to do to let it be known that I don’t play when it comes to my job or supporting my family.”But when you've spent nine hours on your feet braiding someone else's hair, spent an additional two hours minimum, taking care of someone else's baby, while the person who's supposed to pay you is MIA, pulling a cut-and-run in this economy...you're not thinking about "legal recourse". You're not thinking logically or rationally at all.
At that point, you just wanna find somebody.