A freestater has been arrested in New Hampshire for giving an illegal manicure:
Newmarket’s Mike Fisher was arrested outside the office of the state Board of Barbering, Cosmetology and Esthetics on Monday after he gave a manicure without license. A member of the Free State Project, Fisher, 23, knew his arrest was imminent even before he pulled out his emery board but persisted in order to take a stand against government regulations.
“This is not for me, this is for others,” Fisher said, surrounded by about 20 fellow free-staters. “They have licensing for everything and I think it’s out of control. This all about bringing debate.”
Concord police arrested Fisher shortly before 1 p.m. and charged him with giving a manicure without a license, which is a misdemeanor carrying with it a penalty of a fine up to $1,000. It is illegal to perform a manicure — and various other procedures — without a license according to state law (RSA 313-A:9)…
Fisher has been in contact with the Board of Barbering, Cosmetology and Esthetics for the past few weeks, protesting the licensing process. When Fisher accepted $1 from fellow free-stater Kat Dillon of Keene and began buffing her nails, inspectors from the board informed Fisher he was in violation of the law.
When he ceased, Concord police were called. Police arrived and witnessed Fisher “actively engaged” in giving Dillon a manicure.
It’s humorous, but perhaps libertarianism could use more of this kind of civil disobedience. Regulation is boring. We can talk about it all we want, but we’ll have a hard time finding an interested audience. Mike Fisher’s protest manicure has won him a spot in the press and some cogent quotes in the paper. Kudos to him. Raise thy emery boards in solidarity.
[Hat tip: Ceaf Lewis, again.]