Tales of Stupidity - Episode 3000: Beauty School
I talk a lot about how the government makes it
hard to start or run a business.
Yesterday, Dorinda McPheeters from Ontario, Oregon told me about her
struggles to open a simply school for cosmetology…you know, hair cut and color
and that kind of thing.
cutting hair for 30 years. Last September, she sent off 12-hundred dollars off
to the state of Oregon just to apply for a license to open a school. And she filled out the, get this, 96 page
application. The state happily took her
money and then told her they don’t have the staff to work through the
application quickly…that it would be weeks.
Here’s the best part. Teresa Green, the head of licensing schools for
the state, sent two emails to Dorinda explaining that the Oregon process would
take a long time, and that it would be much easier to just open her business in
Teresa Green refused our request
for an interview. Now Dorinda is out thousands of dollars, she has 30 students
waiting to learn hair cutting…for jobs that start at about 14 bucks an
hour. 11 months later, Dorinda’s still
waiting for the state to approve her…and Teresa Green warns that there is no
way to say how much more time it will take.
Idaho by the way guarantees an answer 30 days after application. And you wonder why Oregon doesn’t have jobs?