Today in “private business owners are allowed to do whatever they want at their own business and tough sh*t if you don’t like it” news…
An Oklahoma woman took her story to the media when she was asked to leave an all-male barbershop in Ponca City, Oklahoma last week. The barbershop, called Kings Kuts, says it has a “strict no girlfriends or wives policy”, according to ABC.
Maliki Skowronski and her husband came into the shop to get him a haircut and beard trim when the owner informed her that she had to leave.
“The man kind of ignores my husband, directly approaches me and says, ‘I’m sorry, but we have a strict no women policy. You can’t be here,'” she said. She was kicked out before her husband had a chance to sit in the chair, she said.
Barbershop owner Daxton Nichols admitted that some people have trouble understanding his rules, but compares it to many women-only salons.
“In New York City, there’s over 17 women’s only clubs where women can go and do the salon thing. They can go get their nails done, hair done, talk business amongst each other, and do that whole women’s power hear me roar stuff.”
Nichols says he considers his barbershop a “private club”. When a reporter asked him if men paid a membership fee to get their haircut there, Nichols responded: “Yeah, when they pay a $20 fee.”
Nichols says people get offended at his rule just “because they can”. The barber who asked Skowronski to leave, Scott Seagraves, said he threw her out to “preserve the shop’s ‘man cave’ environment”.
“We want guys to be able to come in here and be guys and not have to worry what they say or what they talk about because there’s a lady present.”
Skowronski called it chauvinism: “It’s not cute, no matter how you describe it. It’s not cute, you can’t treat people that way.”