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Old 05-27-2008, 09:19 AM   #1
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Louisiana barber ticketed for Monday work
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HOUMA, La. — Police in this town wouldn't cut a break for a barber who ran afoul of an obscure law barring him from working Sundays and Mondays.
Clyde Scott had opened his shop May 19 just to trim up a few students getting ready for their graduation ceremony when an officer gave him a citation.
A law in Houma for decades bars barbers from working Sundays, Mondays, any of several holidays and even the day after Labor Day.
"I didn't know it existed," said Scott, 32, who has owned Clippas barbershop for about two years. "It's crazy."
Parish Council Clerk Paul Labat said he didn't know exactly how long the law has been on the books, but that it dates to the years before the parish and city governments merged in 1981. "It's still an active law," he told The Courier of Houma.
Houma police spokesman Lt. Todd Duplantis said police discovered the ordinance after receiving complaints about people loitering outside the barbershop, and an officer was instructed to issue a summons. Duplantis said it was the first time he had heard of such a ticket being written in his 23 years with the department.
District Attorney Joe Waitz Jr. won't be prosecuting the case. In fact, he's asking the parish council to repeal the law as unconstitutional.
"It's our job to prosecute criminals, not barbers," he said.
James Adams, president of the Louisiana Board of Barber Examiners, the state licensing agency for barbers and their shops, said he thinks the law is a vestige of "strong-arm" tactics used by a barbers union in the 1950s and '60s.
"I'm surprised such a law is still on the books," he said.
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Old 05-27-2008, 09:25 AM   #2
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WOW. The cop who issued the ticket is an idiot. What would Sweeny do?
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Old 05-27-2008, 09:45 AM   #3
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Gotta agree with Finey...that cop is a prick.

Nice to see that the district attorney is going to implement a bit of common sense and put an end to this madness.
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Old 05-27-2008, 09:47 AM   #4
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Ignorance of the law is no excuse...

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Old 05-27-2008, 10:38 AM   #5
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WOW. The cop who issued the ticket is an idiot. What would Sweeny do?
Sweeny would whack em and throw him in a trunk.
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Old 05-27-2008, 09:13 PM   #6
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Gotta nip it in the bud, Andy...
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Old 05-27-2008, 09:59 PM   #7
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Ignorance of the law is no excuse...

need to read up on those TN statutes there are some good ones

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No shoes while driving in Texas- $115 ticket

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Old 05-29-2008, 01:23 AM   #12
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I lived in New Orleans for 8 years. I think they called it the blue law or something like that. Basically you could not buy hardware(hammer, screw driver, etc) on Sundays, yet I saw people on Sunday morning with their wiskey and 7-up shopping in the grocery store. Driving and drinking was a frequent occurence....., but hide that hammer
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Old 05-29-2008, 01:35 AM   #13
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Old 05-29-2008, 07:31 AM   #14
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well, that just cant be right, has to be a misprint or something
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Old 05-29-2008, 08:01 AM   #15
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thanks ViA, I'll add NH to the list where I might have a warrant out
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