One salon owner in Salem, Oregon says that Child Protective Services (CPS) was dispatched to her home as a result of her ongoing business operations in defiance of Gov. Kate Brown’s (D) stay home orders.
Lindsey Graham, the owner of Glamour Salon, spoke on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Sunday with host Joel Pollak about the “harassment” and “bullying” being directed at her by the government.
In the interview, Graham (who presumably has no relation to the Senator from South Carolina) explained how an agent from Oregon’s Child Protective Services, a subsidiary of the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS), visited her home on the same day as the reopening of her hair salon.
“On May 7th, I got a phone call from my nanny,” Graham recalled. “As soon as I went to work, a DHS officer came to my home and tried to speak to her, and she said, ‘I don’t feel comfortable answering any questions for you. I think you need to call the homeowner.’ So DHS basically stopped by my house and said they had some claims against me and my family about our home being unfit.”
She then went on to describe how that same agent returned to her home the following Monday and separated her, her husband, and their 6-year-old son in order to privately interview each of them. Graham also has a 3-year-old daughter and an 8-week-old son.
Graham stated, “[The CPS agent] came back to my home, and my intention was, ‘Great, let this guy in and let him see what a great, loving, clean, and happy home we have, so he’ll just kind of get out of here.’ … He interviewed myself and my husband in separate rooms. He interviewed my six-year-old son in a separate room, and he searched our home. He made me lift up toilet seats and open our fridge. None of this is warranted. These are all bogus claims. Our home is completely safe and always has been, so this is definitely some kind of vendetta, sending a government agency after my family.”
Graham also told her story during a press conference held last Friday. While holding back tears, Graham shared, “Child protective services showed up my home. They questioned my husband and I. They questioned my child without me present. They searched our home, and I never expected such a violent, aggressive, vindictive thing could ever have been done to me or my family because I’m trying to learn a living [and] because I’m trying to work.”
“They wouldn’t let me in the room while they questioned my child,” Graham pointed out of CPS’s private questioning of her six-year-old son. “As far as I’m aware, the case is open, and they are still insisting that they want to talk to my three-year-old daughter privately, as well. So, I don’t know if they’re going to talk to my eight-week-old newborn. We’ll see, but they did check his diaper.”
“This is a false claim that wasted CPS’s valuable time when there are children who are really in need,” Graham asserted.
“Everyone’s job is essential, not because of what we do or how we do it, but because it’s the way we make our living,” she pointed out. “I’m continually terrified for the surrounding businesses in Marion County that are still deemed non-essential. How many more businesses are going to go bankrupt and have to close because of this order?”
As punishment for Graham’s defiance, municipal authorities in Salem have threatened to terminate the lease for her business which is located on city-owned property.
Breitbart also reports that Graham said she was threatened with a $70,000 fine and then was issued a $14,000 for operating a “hazardous facility” for her “employees.” She noted that, as is the case in many salons, her salon does not have “employees” but rather she partners with independent contractors who voluntarily choose to work at her business.
“I don’t have employees in my salon, right now,” remarked Graham. “I have independent contractors that are choosing to work, and they are choosing to do their clients’ hair, so they can provide for their families and their children.”
Authorities further threatened to revoke Graham’s and her contractors’ professional licenses for operating in defiance of the governor’s overreaching “stay-at-home” decree.
“By revoking our licenses, they’re saying, ‘If you continue to do hair, we will take your entire livelihood from you for the rest of your life,’” Graham contended.
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