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“Isn’t a crime”: AZ Gov. halts fines for free haircuts to homeless

 (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Juan Carlos Montesdeoca was trying to be a good Samaritan, and show compassion for the less fortunate by providing free haircuts to homeless people living in a park. However, government licensing laws made that illegal, and he ended up being under investigation by the state.

On Thursday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) stepped in and told the Arizona Cosmetology Board to end their investigation on Montesdeoca.

“Today I sent a letter to the Arizona Cosmetology Board, calling on them to stop their investigation into a Tucson man who’s providing free haircuts to the homeless,” Ducey said on Facebook. “Helping the less fortunate isn’t a crime. It’s an act of charity that we should be celebrating.”

Ducey also instructed the Board to waive any fees or penalties being considered against Montesdeoca for his charitable work.

When asked if he plans on doing more haircuts for the homeless in the future, Montesdeoca told Red Alert Politics, “If allowed yes, hell yes. We all deserve to feel beautiful no matter our situation.”

Since hearing about the fine, the aspiring hair designer created a GoFundMe to help finish his education and get his license.


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