I have a little story I wrote that I hope you will enjoy [“Keeping the Lights on at Casa de Luz
,” News, June 14]. A barber comes into town and sets up shop. He puts out a sign that says “$6 haircut.” Other barbershops in town are unhappy with that because they charge $12. They visit the $6 barber and cajole him to charge $12. He declines politely, saying the $6 is all he needs to have a good life.
The barbers organize, and they get the chamber of commerce to lobby the city to enact an ordinance that barbers must charge at least $12. An official notice is sent out to the $6 barber, but he ignores it. The situation is brought to the attention of code compliance who swiftly issue him an infraction. The barber continues to charge $6. The code compliance officer comes back with the fire chief. The code compliance officer points out that there is no fire sprinkler system in the barber shop, and he is written up. He is summoned to court, but the barber doesn't show up.
An arrest order is issued for contempt of court. The sheriff goes to arrest the barber but the barber refuses to be handcuffed. The sheriff, who is used to dealing with thugs, attempts to force the barber into the cuffs. The barber resists and starts running away. The sheriff shoots him dead.