A Pennsylvania barbershop has been penalized for defending the sanctity of bro time: after denying a woman a haircut, they were fined $750.

The “high end Gentleman’s” hair cuttery is called Barbiere because French is the language of strong men. It advertises its brofferings as such:

Barbiere is a high end Gentleman’s Barber Shop located in the heart of Washington Pennsylvania. We bring you a level of comfort and intimacy that is simply unattainable in any chain salon. At Barbiere, we strive to keep traditional barbering techniques alive in todays busy world. Sit back and relax and watch sports in one of our overstuffed leather chairs and enjoy a complimentary beverage or one of our alcoholic selections. You may even find yourself lost in a great book or in todays [sic] newspaper.

The offense occurred on March 11, when a woman came to the salon grooming cave after making an appointment for herself and her boyfriend. She was told that was not going to happen. The woman then filed a complaint with the state Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs.

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“It’s infringing on our environment,” said Barbiere’s owner John Interval in an interview with the Observer-Reporter, noting that he had generously offered to pay for the customer’s lame girl cut elsewhere. “Guys come here as a kind of a little getaway, to be around other guys.”

“My hands are tied,” he continued. “They are forcing me to do this and telling me how to do my business.”


Contact the author at joanna@jezebel.com.

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