Someone wrote this on social media: "These #covidiots bitching because they can’t go out for a haircut are making fools of themselves, not to mention jeopardizing public health (not just their own)." - Michael Rubinstein, response to a post on Facebook about skateboard parks being filled with sand.
His statement boils down to this: Are these people merely selfish?
Well, as a sharpener with hundreds of barbers, stylists, and groomers, as a customer every year, I get a lot of opportunities to see how customers relate to their stylists, barbers, and other clients at the salons and shops they visit. So I have a perspective on how they feel about their contact with hair styling.
First my standard disclaimer. I am not a stylist. I don't play one on TV. And if I did, I wouldn't be interesting enough for you to watch.
To the person who got me started with their comment on social media:
If you don't agree, that's fine, you are free to stay home and do whatever it is you want to do while you write FB posts condemning people who value personal grooming more than you do, and by extension you condemn all the people who want to provide these services who have instead had their livelihood ripped out from under them by government fiat.
And if you happen to have benefit of any kind of income like a pension, annuity, or government check, during this crisis, and your income has been mostly uninterrupted by these government decrees, then your opinion should not count for squat when it comes to decisions about many of these cosmetology professionals. Before all this began they were often working from haircut to haircut, trying to afford their lives, and now have been declared unessential and left without any income. You can't possibly understand what their lives are like right now.
In the words of one of your darlings, "How dare you!"
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Comments on researching this article
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* Five diseases you can catch from the salon or spa - https://www.pastemagazine.com/health/disease/5-ways-you-can-catch-disease-at-a-salon/#5-staph-infections-from-tanning-beds - Google queries: biggest disease concerns for cosmetology
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