House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California was caught on security cameras visiting a San Francisco hair salon Monday afternoon for a wash and blow-out, despite Gov. Gavin Newsom’s business lockdown orders, and local ordinances keeping hair and nail salons closed during the coronavirus pandemic, Fox News reported Tuesday.
“In security footage obtained by Fox News, and timestamped Monday at 3:08 p.m. Pacific Time, the California powerhouse is seen walking through eSalon in San Francisco with wet hair, and without a mask over her mouth or nose.”
I hope she paid the stylist in cash.
“I am so deflated because of the salon lockdowns, but this doesn’t surprise me — I am not aghast,” a Sacramento stylist told the California Globe. “Frankly, this is just so much more sad to me, than someone who is shocked… so hypocritical, but so typical.”
She said she has a friend who is also a stylist who has yet to receive an unemployment check from the EDD going back to March. “She’s not received one check… how are they making it?” she asked.
This salon owner said if one of her clients contracted COVID from her while she was “illegally working,” she was told she would have been fined $10,000.
“It’s a sad state of affairs – we’re totally screwed no matter what we do – feed our families, or starve our businesses.”
“I wish this exposure would blow Nancy’s hair back, but instead it will probably blow over,” she added. “And how disrespectful that she wasn’t wearing a mask – does she think that poorly of hair stylists?”
“This is bullshit,” California attorney Harmeet Dhillon Tweeted. “Every single woman in California knows EXACTLY where you can and cannot get your hair done. You think we are looking like this by choice?”
This is bullshit. Every single woman in California knows EXACTLY where you can and cannot get your hair done. You think we are looking like this by choice?! https://t.co/OC7kt3hv7r
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) September 1, 2020
Several comments left on Dhillon’s Tweet expressed the frustration felt by most of California: “I can’t even… with the HYPOCRISY!!! Everyone should open up their business.”
Another said, “Different set of rules for the elites. And also a 2 tier justice system as well in this country. But yeah, let’s go ahead and fight each other, riot and submit and accept the hypocrisy.”
“It was a slap in the face that she went in, you know, that she feels that she can just go and get her stuff done while no one else can go in, and I can’t work,” San Francisco Salon owner Erica Kious told Fox News, adding that she “can’t believe” the speaker didn’t have a mask on.
Salons in San Francisco had been closed since March and were only notified they could reopen on Sept. 1 for outdoor hairstyling services only.
Notably, Nancy Pelosi is/was related to California Governor Gavin Newsom by marriage: Nancy Pelosi was like an aunt by marriage to Gavin Newson, as her brother-in-law (Pelosi) married Gavin Newsom’s aunt, Barbara, making her Gavin Newsom’s auntie – until they divorced.
Sacramento stylists have had to be creative. Some say they did lots of “garage haircuts.” Others did backyard haircuts. Some even traveled to clients’ homes, or invited people into their homes who were not worried about the virus. California Globe calls this “California’s Speakeasy economy.”
The Sacramento stylist said she was appalled at the statement Pelosi’s spokesman Drew Hammill gave to Fox, when he “maintained that the speaker was following the rules.”
“The speaker always wears a mask and complies with local COVID requirements,” he said.
Except when she doesn’t wear a mask at an illegal hair styling appointment.
“What she did proves the Democrats know the lockdown is a staged farce meant to hurt Americans and help Democrats win,” a friend commented.
“We were closed down for months, then opened for 6 weeks, then closed again for 6 weeks,” Sacramento Salon owner and stylist Chantel said in an interview. “I placed an $800 product order right before the last shutdown.”
Chantel has had some real business challenges, but expressed them articulately:
“This is all so crazy… get shutdown for 2.5 months, then reopen for 6 weeks, then shutdown again (effective immediately). Then we find out that we can reopen on August 31st which is 3 days after the official announcement. Is everyone keeping up with this this… this is the life of my industry. We all have kids and families and bills to pay. This is not ok. Most of us are still behind from the last shutdown. I’m sorry, I know I sound like a downer but this is what is happening. Everyone has someone who they go to for haircuts, coloring, you name it. Please give them some love – it’s been rough to say, at the least. 2020 can go now.”
Chantel said she heard last evening that another salon was permanently closing in Sacramento. “We’re struggling so hard to do the right thing,” Chantel said.
But she also said getting a call from Speaker Pelosi to wash and blow-out her hair is kind of a lose-lose situation. “When approached by a ‘Pelosi,’ it’s hard to say ‘no.'”
However, she said if any of the stylists in her salon wanted to come in and work, she would have said “no.”
“They just don’t know what it’s like for us,” Chantel added. “I’m glad she got busted.”
Another friend summed it up: “Blow dry for me but not for thee.”