Everyone's familiar with the concept of the "dine and dash," where restaurant patrons eat a meal and leave without paying. Turns out other businesses suffer from this same phenomenon, but help is on the way.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation that will protect salons and barber shops from losing revenue in the same fashion. It will now be illegal to get a haircut and leave without paying, to be classified as a Class A misdemeanor. Great news for salon owners in Central New York and statewide. Of course, the big question is....

Did we really NEED a law to govern this behavior?

Apparently the answer is yes, according to a press release on our governor's website:

With this new law, we are taking a major step forward to prevent theft and protect beauty shops and barber shops across New York," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "These small businesses are cornerstones of communities from Buffalo to Brooklyn, and when they lose out on compensation for the services they provide, it often brings significant financial hardship. By strengthening the law to allow for theft of services prosecution, we are bringing peace of mind to small business owners who work tirelessly day in and day out."

So, what other dumb and obviously unnecessary laws are next? Outlawing the "sampling" of too much of the produce in the grocery store? Making it illegal to treat your elders with disrespect?

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