Occupational Licensing

Orlando Authorities Battling the Scourge of Unlicensed Barbering


Thank goodness someone is getting these people off the streets.

As many as 14 armed Orange County deputies, including narcotics agents, stormed Strictly Skillz barbershop during business hours on a Saturday in August, handcuffing barbers in front of customers during a busy back-to-school weekend.

It was just one of a series of unprecedented raid-style inspections the Orange County Sheriff's Office recently conducted with a state regulating agency, targeting several predominantly black- and Hispanic-owned barbershops in the Pine Hills area.

In "sweeps" on Aug. 21 and Sept. 17 targeting at least nine shops, deputies arrested 37 people — the majority charged with "barbering without a license," a misdemeanor that state records show only three other people have been jailed in Florida in the past 10 years.

The operations were conducted without warrants, under the authority of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation inspectors, who can enter salons at will. Deputies said they found evidence of illegal activity, including guns, drugs and gambling. However, records show that during the two sweeps, and a smaller one in October, just three people were charged with anything other than a licensing violation.

The "without warrants" part is probably key, here. The authorities clearly suspected that the shops are doing more than cutting hair.

Barbers and witnesses at several shops told the Orlando Sentinel that deputies shouted and cursed during the raids, demanding the location of illegal drugs, which they searched for extensively. They never found more than misdemeanor amounts of marijuana at eight of the nine shops they raided.

The lone exception: Just Blaze on Semoran Boulevard in Apopka, where an arrest report shows deputies found Ski Joseph Vasquez, 40, with "2 baggies of cocaine in a prescription bottle" and cutting agents in the barbershop's office during the Sept. 17 sweep. Vasquez was arrested on drug- and gun-related charges after deputies said they found a handgun in his car.

On the same day, deputies raided two other barbershops and found no illegal activity other than unlicensed barbering. 

By conducting the raids and searches under the guise of a regulatory inspection, they get around the need for a search warrant. 

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  1. Stay classy, Orlando.

    1. Orlando and Central Florida LEO’s are some of the most fanatical in the old US of A for several reasons:

      – Reason 1: Fucking drug war is in full swing here with everything coming up via Miami and the Glades.

      – Reason 2: The most magical place on planet fucking earth is here! Disney, Universal, and SeaWorld donate a LOT of cash to the local LEO’s and put some shit serious pressure on our local leaders to keep things nice and family friendly.

      -Reason 3: We’re one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world and state/local leaders would prefer it to stay that way as tourism is our second biggest industry with defense/government spending being the first. At least that’s what our local rag, The OrlandoSentinel said about the industry sizes.

      So, yeah! The cops down here in the Sunshine State are an even more insane than usual variety and are just looking to arrest anyone who would upset the whole “brochure” look of Florida which means they tend to focus on Latinos followed by African-Americans and then PWT’s (Poor White Trash).

      Personally, I think Hispanics get the worst of it here in Florida, even more so than Blacks! Except for Haitians that is. I swear the State of Florida has declared a fucking jihad against those people!

      1. If you think that latinos are treated worse than blacks, you’ve not spent much time in South Florida where hispanics are the majority.

        Even whites take a back seat to hispanics in Miami.

  2. Ummm…I would think theat the regulatory inspection could only inspect things related to hair. If Im a judge Im throwing the drug stuff out.

    1. Yeah, I was wondering about that myself. I’m sure the report will read like “pursuant to effecting the arrest for a regulatory violation, we found cocaine in his pocket. Because of this we searched the entire building”. I wonder if they went back for more extensive warrants after finding drugs on someone’s person? Like searching the car and finding a gun – surely the car isn’t covered under regulatory inspections, and the car probably shouldn’t be covered under any probable cause finding when the guy is in a building well removed from the vehicle.

      If they get a strong civil libertarian judge they can probably use the eyewitness testimony about police shouting “where’s the drugs” and the fact that they brought along narcotics agents to prove that this was a pretext raid and toss the whole thing. I think there might be one of those strong civil libertarian judges in northern Vermont someplace – but he’s retired…

    2. There was a case that was mentioned a year ago by Radley… here it is. Yeah, courts have occasionally taken a dim view of the “regulatory inspection” loophole.

      Administrative inspections, by their very nature, require more limited, less intrusive conduct than is alleged to have occurred here. We thus conclude that defendants’ S.W.A.T. team entries and extensive searches, as described in the amended complaint, unreasonably exceeded the scope of Louisiana and Rapides Parish administrative inspection laws. Any other conclusion would allow the administrative inspection exception to swallow the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement for searches of private property.

    3. Even for regulatory inspections, a lot of states require regulatory inspection warrants with judge approval for the more serious types of inspections.

      Unmitigated BS here. Using a dumb law in the service of a dumb law.

      And progressives wonder why we oppose licensing laws.

  3. By conducting the raids and searches under the guise of a regulatory inspection, they get around the need for a search warrant.

    Kinda puts a damper on “working from home”.

  4. Look at the bright side, at least no dogs were killed.

    1. Imagine the bloodbath if they decide to use similar procedures on pet grooming salons.

      1. Were something like that to appear on SNL/MAD TV the results would be tragically hilarious.

  5. Whatever it takes to keep the niggers and spics in line.

  6. Orlando police: Preemptively cracking down on the next potential Sweeney Todd.

  7. How’s about personal drones the fuzz can use to track anyone/anywhere. Well, the limeys are already using them and it looks like they’re heading our way as well.

    What threat to liberty do cop drones pose where warrants essentially become unnecessary for the continuous surveillance of anyone?

    1. I dunno, sloopy, it seems like a can of silly string would fuck that little drone up.

      1. Maybe the shitty ones that the “civilians” can buy, but I cringe at the thought of the eye in the sky ready to track me at the whim of some turd on the force that I pissed off while in line at Starbucks.

  8. Ah crap… I cut my own hair… you’re telling me I could be raided since I don’t have a license?

    1. Thanks for the tip, citizen. We’ll be visiting you. Soon.

  9. The operations were conducted without warrants, under the authority of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation inspectors, who can enter salons at will.

    “Excuse me- I’m from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation; may I see your license?”

    “Uh, yeah, you know, I’ve been meaning to get down there, but I just sorta, well, you know…”

    “You gotta have a license. These guys are going to have to find someplace else to get their hair cut, until you get a license. Sorry.”

    *wakes up*

    1. “Put down the scissors and back away from the hair!”

      “But, but it’s uneven on the top–”


  10. Sounds like a job for Alan Grayson, now that he’s going to be hitting the unemployment line in a couple of months.

    1. Sounds like the kind of thing Grayson supported when he WAS in office.

  11. There was an article in my old hometown newspaper the KC Star on a sobriety check point run on Halloween. Read the comments and weep. This country is so screwed. It is basically becoming unworthy of its freedoms. This kind of shit only shocks a minority anymore.

    And try not to puke as you read the article and the alleged independent journalist giving the cops a blowjob.


  12. Cops sweeping what I would bet my left testicle were black barber shops which are often hangouts, without warrants. Welcome to 1960?

    I’m surprised.

    Any chance we can get a confirmation on whether or not the shops were black owned operations? Cause I’m gonna bet they were.

    1. I think that is probably a pretty good bet. Rest assured they won’t be doing any administrative inspections of any high end places in the suburbs anytime soon.

    2. “predominantly black- and Hispanic-owned barbershops”

      Its almost like it was in paragraph 2.

      1. You know, I often comment without reading the fucking article myself, but I do tend to read the fucking excerpts.

        Really, people, is that so fucking hard?

        1. And even if paragraph 2 was too much, I would have bet a fair amount that the Strictly Skillz barbershop mentioned in paragraph 1 was black-owned.

          If reading isn’t your thing, following the link and seeing the picture of all the black barbers and customers might have done it too.

          Page 2 includes the even more ridiculous fact:

          A licensing inspector determined that Strictly Skillz was in compliance and everyone working had a valid license displayed in plain view ? but not before barbers said they spent an hour sitting in handcuffs.


          1. WTF? I at least assumed that the barbers handcuffed didnt have a license they could produce.

            Really. WTF?

            1. See what you get for not reading the fucking article yourself, you miss out on the most infuriating WTF part of it.

              Of course, I don’t understand why that part was buried towards the bottom. The bad pretext for the raid didn’t even hold in the one case, but they still cuffed them. What the hell?

              1. I assumed Radley would put the most balls kicking part in his excerpts. As is his way.

  13. I don’t have a problem with this.

    1. If it discourages people from driving, I’m all for it. Cars are causing global climate change.

      1. Only a Bushitler Christ-fag would be against this kind of police work.

        1. Or a Rand Pual cocksucker

            1. ARFARFARFARFARF!!!!!!!!

              1. Spell my name correctly, prick.

  14. New Police Professionalism meets The End of Official Racism.

  15. Intreresting scam. Require people to have government permission to earn a living, and require as a condition of granting that permission that they must waive their privacy rights.

    Surely, there must be the germ of successful court challenge in this situation.

    1. I smell a lawsuit in the works…

  16. stupid libertards.

    1. ARFARFARFARFARFARF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. It’s nice to know that the Orlando Police are looking out for my hair. If any unlicensed barber got to it I wouldn’t know what I’d do.

    Hey, instead of legalizing marijuana they could make license disappear or become easier to get. It doesn’t take a college degree to cut hair people.

  18. I smell the rancid droppings of the Mouse.

  19. Well, as a resident of Central Florida, I certainly feel safer. With those unlicensed barbers shut down Pine Hills is now a crimefree paradise.

    Looks like a case for the ACLU. This one has it all. Targetting racial minorities, a blatant end run around the Fourth Amndmnt with a regulatory loophole plus, well, you name it.

    1. Yes, but to challenge it means to challenge the government’s power to regulate businesses. And the ACLU wants none of that.

      1. Actually, if you read the article and get to the bottom of Page 2, you’ll see that the ACLU in California has been on the side of decency and civil liberties here:

        Last year, the American Civil Liberties Union sued the city of Moreno Valley, Calif., among others, after authorities conducted what the civil-rights group described in its complaint as “a series of raid-style searches” of black barbershops.

        So give the ACLU some credit for this one.

        1. Stopped clock, twice a day.

          1. Damn straight. I Atlanta last week, four black youths randomly beat another black youth to death. The NAACP was upset because even though it is not required, the cops didn’t call the parents of witness they were holding for questioning.


        2. At best they are right for the wrong reasons. They only seem to be concerned when black businesses are targeted. I guess whitey doesn’t get any civil rights.

          1. Well, you know, it’s a few bad apples among the regulators that give the rest such a bad reputation.

  20. Barbers don’t perform surgery anymore. They don’t need no stinkin’ licenses.

    1. There are still issues of safety and hygeine to be considered in barbering but (disclaimer: I still believe that caveat emptor will work) but the regulatory regime for that doesn’t require gun wielding cops and handcuffing barbers whose licenses are displayed in plain sight.

      This goes far beyond regulatory enforcement and is so obviously an attempt to make and end run around the Fourth Amendment to get at something the authoritahs are just certain “those people” are doing.

      This is something that even those who acept regulation of barbering ought to be able to recognize as a blatant overreach.

  21. The bad pretext for the raid didn’t even hold in the one case, but they still cuffed them. What the hell?

    They had scissors. And spray bottles.


  22. The city of Dothan Alabama was working on a pet ordinance last year that required licences for dogs and cats as well as yearly rabies shots for both.
    The kicker was the part of the new ordinance that allows any city employee to enter any private property, including outbuildings carports and garages, to look for unlicensed pets. All without a warrant or probable cause.

    1. So you can cancel the fourth amendment simply by writing an ordinance? Who knew!

      1. We did.

    2. Last year a young person knocked on my door and asked to see the license for my dog. I tried to tell her I don’t have a dog, but it was hard because he was standing there wagging his tail. She issued a ticket right there. A little creative revenue generator for Washington County Oregon.

      1. At least they didn’t show up with a SWAT team and shoot your dog. Because apparently it’s okay to use SWAT teams for “regulatory inspections”.

        1. At least the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (and the 11th) disagrees.

  23. What would you do
    If you were asked to give up your dreams for reason?
    What would you do
    If asked to make the ultimate sacrifice?

    Would you think about all them people
    Who gave up everything they had?
    Would you think about all them War Vets
    And would you start to feel bad?

    Reason isn’t free
    It costs folks like you and me
    And if we don’t all chip in
    We’ll never pay that bill
    Reason isn’t free
    No, there’s a hefty in’ fee.
    And if you don’t throw in your buck ‘o five
    Who will?

    What would you do
    If someone told you to fight for reason?
    Would you answer the call
    Or run away like a little ?
    ‘Cause the only reason that you’re here
    Is ’cause folks died for you in the past
    So maybe now it’s your turn
    To die kicking some ass

    Reason isn’t free
    It costs folks like you and me
    And if we don’t all chip in
    We’ll never pay that bill
    Reason isn’t free
    Now there’s a hefty in’ fee
    And if you don’t throw in your buck ‘o five
    Who will?

    You don’t throw in your buck ‘o five. Who will?
    Oooh buck ‘o five
    Reason costs a buck ‘o five

  24. I prefer to cut my own hair.

    Can they arrest me for not having a license?

  25. Isn’t the licensure the means why which one waives ones Fourth Amendment protections, thus allowing inspection without a warrant? If one didn’t get the license, then ones Fourth Amendment protections are intact, thus a warrant should be required. But perhaps I’m not fully sensitive to the penumbras and emanations necessary to “read” the Constitution.

    1. Hey fuckstain, I don’t think licensure means that they can cuff you and search your business when the fucking license is on the fucking wall.

    2. This man does not speak for me.

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