The first time I visited Eddie's, I had a superb experience. The barber was welcoming, kind, and he gave me an excellent fade. I was beyond pleased with the service and I even tipped him nearly what I paid for the haircut itself! As I was leaving, he even told me to come back again if I planned on keeping my hair short. I fully intended to do so. I even raved about the service to my co-workers (we work at an office close by) and recommended the shop to several of my contemporaries.
A few months later, I came to Eddie's on my lunch hour with the intent of getting another haircut. The barber was finishing up on a patron and no one else was in the shop. Rather than being greeted with a "hello," I was given a look and asked if I was waiting for someone. Caught off guard, I replied that I was there to get my hair cut. He blatantly told me, "I don't cut ladies' hair."
1. I'm a pre-op trans gentleman, not a "lady." That didn't even bother me though. My biggest peeve was that...
2. My hair was SUPER short, like a shaggy Caesar haircut. I obviously was NOT patronizing the business in hopes of getting hair extensions, a perm, or with the intent of asking to look like Julia Roberts.
I felt a bit embarrassed at this point and was at a loss for words. He then told me that someone else would be arriving to the shop in 30 minutes, someone who did cut "ladies" hair. I was on my lunch hour and didn't have time, nor did I wish to wait in the shop after I was "greeted" that way. I kindly thanked him and left the shop.
I don't understand what changed so suddenly. When I first went to the shop, I even expressed that I was apprehensive about the possibility of being turned away. He put those qualms at ease and made it seem like it wasn't a big deal. We talked sports the entire time and there was no discussion about my gender.
Needless to say, that was the last time I ever stepped foot in there and I've been careful to advise others of what occurred on my last visit.