Police in South Carolina arrested a barber this week after he allegedly pulled a gun at a customer because of the color of his hair.
Arthur Hill, 37, who had recently moved to the state from New York, asked Larry Thomas if he could have a shave when the barber denied him service saying he doesn’t “do black hair.”
When the confused customer repeated his question, that’s when Thomas, 65, reportedly took out his revolver.
Although the York County Sheriff's Office hasn’t confirmed the victim’s race, the incident is being reported as a case of racism.
"I said, 'Are you referring to African American hair?' He said, 'Yeah,' and at the time I noticed he already had his hand gripped on a .38 snub nose chrome revolver,” Hill recalled.
In an interview with WCNC news channel, Thomas admitted telling Hill that he doesn't cut black hair, because he doesn't know how.
"I've had black people come in the door before and I tell them I don't cut black hair," he said, claiming he never threatened Hill, but he always keeps a gun with himself while working for his protection.
Apparently, Thomas has a history of misbehaving with his clients. Public Information Officer Trent Faris cited eight similar cases, dating back to 2007. WCNC also mentioned a former customer who said “his behavior has been so offensive, her family stopped supporting his shop.”