An African-American, Arthur Hill, stepped into a barber’s shop belonging to Larry Thomas, 65, in Rock Hill, South Carolina in dire need of a hurried haircut and instead got a gun pointed at him because of the color of his skin.
Hill who was visiting the shop for the first time explained his dilemma, “I asked him does he shave, can he shave me’, and he said, ‘I don’t do black hair.”
Attempting to try again, he said, “I can’t have facial hair, I work around food“, but Larry was adamant to not give him a haircut.
Noticing Larry’s insistence, Hill demanded an explanation from the shop owner as to why he wouldn’t give him a hair-cut.
Hill reminisced, “I said, ‘Are you referring to African American hair?’, to which Larry answered, ‘Yeah,’ and at the time I noticed he already had his hand gripped on a .38 snub nose chrome revolver.”
After Larry pulled a gun on him, Hill said he told the racist barber he didn’t want any trouble and left the store before contacting the York County Sheriff’s Office to report the matter.
Hill said during his report, “I was shocked, I was shocked for my life, because I’m thinking that could’ve been me laying on the floor dead. He did not point it at me, but it was clear in sight like he meant business.”
Larry was arrested on Wednesday, (May, 18) and spent a night in jail.
He was also charged with pointing and presenting firearms at a person and has been banned from keeping a gun at his shop while this case is pending.
Clarifying on being a racist as many had labelled him, Larry who claims to have autism said: “I always have a gun right here. But I felt threatened because that man came walking back here to where I was, I felt threatened and I picked up the gun and I had it here by my side.
I told him I did not do black hair and he kept coming towards me and I stepped back here and I always keep a gun right here and I just picked up my gun and put my gun at my side.
That’s when he got into my face and said ‘You meant African American now, didn’t you? I’ve had black people come in the door before and I tell them I don’t cut black hair.”