6.09.2014

And now for some craziness out of Louisiana....


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.

21 comments:

  1. Meanwhile the debates about this are friggin' great. Like this commenter on Madam Noire:

    I agree with you MonicaT. The stylist is running a business, and yes it's a service base business, but, a business all the same. If you buy a car, and can't continue to make payments, it gets repossessed, with your child's car seat in it. Does the child not suffer in that situation as well? The stylist did a repossession, and yes the child may have been heart broken, but, it's something she would get over..

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  2. I'm not down with her reaction. I understand where she's coming from but think of it this way: if the girl had just gotten some food and the mom was unwilling to pay, would it have been all right for the woman to pump her stomach to get the food back? Her beef wasn't with the kid, it was with the mom. If she had allowed the girl to keep her hairstyle she could have just taken the woman to court.

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    1. Me neither. That baby should've not have had to pay for her mom's bullshit. Like, in all seriousness, it's not easy for a child that age to sit still for nine hours and get her hair braided. And how did she eat? Someone brought this up on Clutch; who fed that child during the day? And then to be 8 and have your mom just disappear for a day, leaving you with a complete (and angry) stranger. That girl was just as much of a victim as the Stylist, if not more.

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  3. Sounds like Mom was trying to pull a fast one, and the poor little girl got the brunt of the fall out. If she knew she didn't have the first cent, WHY did she send the girl to get her hair done? I agree; the stylist should have called the police and CPS, but I do understand how good logical sense can flee when someone just pisses you the hell off. Not condoning, mind you, but I do get where she's coming from.

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    1. Right???

      Like, it's easy for me to sit here and talk about what she should've done, but I know had this been, I could've just as easily snapped. I wouldn't have taken it out on the child...but I would've probably snapped.

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  4. Though the mom was more than wrong in deadbeating the beautician ,the beautician didn't show a lot of maturity in cutting those beautiful braids out of her hair.She could have been the better woman by calling CPS,the cops or take her to small claims court. I'm quite sure that girls feelings! were hurt by this. There is no way I m going to stand on my feet for nice hours then turn around and cut them out?!..makes no kind of sense.

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  5. She was pissed the hell off. I understand her reaction completely. As someone who can go from zero to rage in under 60, I get it.

    You're not thinking logically or rationally at all...At that point, you just wanna find somebody.

    PREACH.

    But I would have dropped the child off at CPS and not said a word to Mom about it. I wouldn't have cut the braids out.

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  6. I bet the mother has pulled this before. This doesn't sound like something she just started doing. I would have called the cops and turned the child over to them. I know shops around where I stay ask for their money (this is for braids) up front. I'm sure this is why. Hopefully other hair braiders in the area take note and follow suit.

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    1. Now if these are grown folk, they'd promptly get $25 worth of braids hacked off.

      When I get my hair braided, I usually know how much it costs up front (because the beloved braiders at the flea market never change their prices). I have an established relationship with my braider and I always pay when I'm done, plus a tip. But if she started asking for her coin up front, I have no problem doing it.

      Moms ain't nothin' but a mangy, ratchet, trick-ass hoodrat for pulling that stunt.

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    2. Agreed. A braider I had years ago when I lived in Alaska I always paid her after the fact and tip. I always knew how much it was and made sure I had my money. I was not going to have some crazed Jamaican looking for me. No offense to any Jamaicans in the house! They don't play when it comes to their money.

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    3. "No offense to any Jamaicans in the house! They don't play when it comes to their money."

      Damn right we don't!

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  7. LOL - someone on Madam Noire bemoaned that moms like this one are going to cause more braiders to ask for their money upfront...which IMHO they should.

    My eldest sis used to braid a lot of hair. She'd tell clients upfront, "This is going to cost $125." And they would say okay.

    After she'd braid their hair, and ask for her $125, they'd look her in the eye and say, "I only have $100."

    So I can see perfectly well how a stylist could lose her mind.

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    1. And the clippers would have been taken to their heads! I would only cut $25 worth. That way we would be even. My cousins stopped braiding because of that.

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    2. I hate people like them. I really do.

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  8. Wanna read about some mire craziness coming from La,just read this article about this guys obsession with this a woman. Its in the Dailymail.co.uk edition (June12th). under the name Emilio Calderon.

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    1. I read that earlier today and its scary. I wish she had taken it a lot more serious. It was obvious she should have cut all ties to him. Sadly, sometimes that doesn't help.

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    2. We don't know their situation. A lot of people tend to coddle the egos of men even if they threaten you. So maybe her friends and family told her just to ignore him. How the fuck is she supposed to know he's going to kill her? That wasn't her responsibility. Her baby and her boyfriend were her priorities.

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    3. No need to curse. No it wasn't her responsibility. Women are taught to spare people's feelings. To not offend. No, she didn't know he was going to kill her. Murder would be non-existent if that were the case. And yes her baby and her boyfriend were her priorities so why was she still associating with him. Situations like this breed violence because I'm sure her boyfriend knew that this guy had feelings for her. Two men + one woman rarely ends well.

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    4. Except it wasn't "two men and one woman." It was a woman, her boyfriend, her baby and a ninja who didn't understand the mean of the word "no".

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  9. Um, the before and after shots aren't the same girl. The before shot is from a website that frequently links to Curly Nikki so I recognize the girl and the hair. The after shot is a different girl. Also much darker than the "before"
    So while I can believe that a parent would try to run this con, these are not before and after shots of the same little girl.
    This is the website where you can find the little girl on the left in a variety of styles that I assume her mom does...
    http://beadsbraidsbeyond.blogspot.com/

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