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December 18, 2018

Cut-and-runs now illegal as new law makes it a crime not to pay haircutters

September 27, 2018
Gov. Cuomo Wednesday signed into law a bill making it a misdemeanor to fail to pay for services provided by a barbershop, salon, or beauty shop. (andresr / Getty Images)

ALBANY — Cut-and-runs are now illegal.

Gov. Cuomo Wednesday signed into law a bill making it a misdemeanor to fail to pay for services provided by a barbershop, salon, or beauty shop.




An odd loophole in the law did not make it a crime to rip off haircutters. Instead, the matter would have to be resolved in small claims court.

“Beauty salons and barber shops are no different than other small businesses whose livelihoods depend on the support of their communities,” Cuomo said. “This legislation closes a nonsensical loophole that gives these businesses equal protection under the law once and for all.”

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Marisol Alcantara (D-Manhattan) and Assemblywoman Alcia Hyndman (D-Queens).

“Individuals who trained in the barbering and cosmetology licensed professions offer services to the public for which they should be compensated,” Hyndman said. “This law now protects these service providers in a way they’ve never been protected before.




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