San Francisco’s new hairdryer will cost $400,000
San Francisco, Calif.
— A hairdresser in San Francisco has been fired after posting a controversial Instagram photo of himself with a large “I love men” sign.
San Francisco’s City Council approved a motion Thursday night to remove Hire Me, a salon that serves as a hub for women who are looking for a hairstylist, from its business license.
The city council voted 7-0 to rescind the license and issue an interim restraining order.
Hire Me is owned by Kimberly Schmid, a former assistant editor of a local newspaper who quit in 2017 amid a public relations crisis stemming from her husband’s conviction for attempted murder in a hit-and-run.
Schmid posted the photo to her Instagram account Tuesday morning, where she wrote, “If you’re a woman and want a hairstyle, I will be happy to help.
#i love men.”
Her post drew an outcry from customers, who said they weren’t happy about having to pay $400 a week for a service they didn’t need.
Schmid later deleted the photo and posted a new photo that included a quote from rapper Eminem.
She apologized for her tweet, but said it was a mistake.
She said she was merely using her business name to represent herself.
“I’m an artist and this is what my name means to me,” she wrote.
“My goal is to bring a little joy to those who need it most and to bring happiness to those whose lives need it the most.
I believe that the best way to do that is to work together.”
Schmid’s husband, Matthew Schmid of San Jose, was found guilty of first-degree murder in connection with the 2012 hit-by-car killing of Travis Lantz.
Matthew Schmoe’s trial was rescheduled for later this year.
The photo of Kimberly Schmolt in a headscarf with the caption, “if you’re not a man, I’m going to kill you,” was shared more than 1,000 times on Instagram by a user named KJL8.
The account later deleted it.
The Council’s vote was in response to an investigation by San Francisco Police Department detectives into a string of suspicious Facebook posts by Kimberly and Matthew Schmalts in which they used the hashtag #IloveMen.
In June 2017, Matthew and Kimberly Schmalt, who had been married since 2011, were arrested for conspiracy and conspiracy to commit murder after police say they set up a fake Facebook account with the same name as their business and used it to post threatening messages.
Matthew was charged with conspiracy to kill in June and with making threats to kill.
Kimberly was charged in December with conspiracy and second-degree felony murder.
In May 2018, Matthew pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
The Schmalots were released on bail after serving their sentences.
The San Francisco Examiner first reported that the salon had received a license to operate for a total of $400 and was approved for the business license by the city’s licensing board.
City Councilman David Chiu said he was “deeply concerned” by the incident.
“If you are not a woman, I am going to be happy.
I’m a woman,” he said, according to the Examiner.
“But I have the right to be angry and upset at this, so I will not be silent.
I will speak out.”
He continued, “I think the fact that the owner of a business is being removed from the business is a big problem.
And we will continue to work on that.”