Marie Antoinette continues to inspire liberals, snobs and elitists everywhere. In the most recent display of “I can do what I want because I am rich and powerful… and you cannot!”, Democrat Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi decided that she wanted a wash and blow-dry service done at eSalon in San Francisco. The salon was closed due to the draconian COVID-19 restrictions set in place by the Emperor — oops — Governor of California, His Least Exalted Poobaness Gavin Newsom.
While Mrs. Pelosi wandered through the salon with her fashion sense clearly on display (illegally, too since as of September 1st, salons can only render their services outdoors in a further bit of COVID absurdity), the owner of the salon, Erica Kious was insulted by the display of elitism.
Fox News reporter Brooke Singman reported this and included imagery in their piece as well. While many news writers try to artificially tie in other stories to make the orginal have more “punch”, in this case the salon owner had so much to say that we see that this is far more than just Her Majesty getting something no one else is deemed worthy of in San Francisco. Mrs. Pelosi’s visit, rather, is the capstone of a raft of chaos that was already taking shape in what used to be America’s most beautiful city, now awash in needles, feces, homeless and bankrupt people.
Erica has to shut down her salon permanently, as the COVID shutdowns killed her business. As the Fox piece goes on to say:
Salon owner Erica Kious, in a phone interview with Fox News on Tuesday, shared details of Pelosi’s visit. Kious explained she has independent stylists working for her who rent chairs in her salon.
“One of the stylists who rents a chair from me contacted me Sunday night,” Kious said.
A screengrab of the text message she received from one of her stylists, and obtained by Fox News, said: “I’ll be there at 2:45 tomorrow. Pelosi assistant just messaged me to do her hair.”
Kious replied: “Pelosi?”
“I was like, are you kidding me right now? Do I let this happen? What do I do?” Kious told Fox News, while noting that she “can’t control” what her stylists do if they rent chairs from her, as “they’re not paying” at this time.
Kious cast Pelosi’s visit as a double standard.
“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,” Kious told Fox News, adding that she “can’t believe” the speaker didn’t have a mask on. (From the footage, it appears Pelosi had some kind of covering around her neck.)
“We’re supposed to look up to this woman, right?” Kious said. “It is just disturbing.”
Asked for comment, Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill maintained that the speaker was following the rules as presented to her.
“The Speaker always wears a mask and complies with local COVID requirements. This business offered for the Speaker to come in on Monday and told her they were allowed by the city to have one customer at a time in the business. The Speaker complied with the rules as presented to her by this establishment,” he said.
But the owner pushed back.
Kious said Pelosi received a wash and a blow-dry, but told Fox News that “you’re not supposed to blow dry hair” according to coronavirus safety precautions for hair salons.
“We have been shut down for so long, not just me, but most of the small businesses and I just can’t – it’s a feeling – a feeling of being deflated, helpless and honestly beaten down,” Kious said.
“I have been fighting for six months for a business that took me 12 years to build to reopen,” she explained. “I am a single mom, I have two small children, and I have no income.”
She added: “The fact that they did this, and she came in, it’s like a slap in the face.”
Kious told Fox News that she had expected to be able to reopen her salon in July, and prepared her space in accordance with local guidelines.
“There were rules and regulations to go by to safely reopen, which I did, but I was still not allowed to open my business,” she said, noting that she installed plexiglass partitions between sinks and seating areas, and ensured that all salon chairs were six feet apart, along with proper air circulation from open windows.
“They never let us open,” she said, while adding that she is unable to reopen outside because her salon specializes in hair color, and using chemicals outside is prohibited.
But Kious said she is not alone in the hardships she has faced amid closures during the coronavirus pandemic.
“This is for everybody,” she said. “I am sharing this because of what everyone in my industry, and my city, what every small business is going through right now.”
Kious told Fox News that she was a recipient of a $12,000 Paycheck Protection Program loan, which was created to help small businesses stay afloat amid the pandemic under the bipartisan CARES Act (which Pelosi backed), but still is forced to shut down her salon for good within the next 30 to 60 days.
And this below says much, much more:
“No one can last anymore,” she said. “I have also lost 60 percent of my clientele because everyone is fleeing the city.”
Kious said that the area where her salon is located has turned into “a third world country,” saying that “every other storefront is completely vacant and shut down and boarded up.”
But meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi refuses to help Erica Kious and millions of other Americans while she keeps trying to use the COVID pandemic to ram through a super-liberal package of money giveaways, from a nation that is already in such massive debt that it will take a miracle to get it under control.
That hairdo must have been really, really important. Eh, Nancy?
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