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Barber pulls gun, says he doesn’t cut black hair

ROCK HILL, S.C. — A barber in South Carolina has been arrested after police say he pulled a firearm on a customer.

According to the York County Sheriff’s Office, a man reported on Tuesday that he walked into a Rock Hill barber shop and asked for a haircut. and barber, identified as 65-year-old Larry Thomas, told him he “does not cut black hair.”

When the man then asked Thomas what he meant by “black hair,” Thomas grabbed a pistol, police say. The man left the shop and called police.

Public Information Officer Trent Faris said the incident report didn’t indicate the victim’s race. In one of eight similar instances dating back to 2007, Faris said Thomas, who is white, used pepper spray on a customer after getting into an argument.

Thomas is jailed for pointing and presenting firearms at a person. His bond is $3,000, and it’s not known if he has an attorney.

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