Fraud in the many nail salons Around Town, posted by Lisa, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Aug 3, 2011 at 9:00 am
A friend of mine and my daughter were working in one of the many nail salons in Pleasanton. Neither my friend or my daughter is from Vietnam, but the salon was owned and operated by a Vietnamise woman and the rest of the staff was Vietnamise.
When my daughter was hired, I thought it was strange that no one had asked for her social security number. There was not an I-9 or a W-4 done either. When she receiver her first paycheck, the paycheck stub was hand typed. It did not have all of the employee information that it should have had, bit it showed taxes taken out. Red Flag!
While my friend was working at this salon, she was asked if she wanted to buy an Esthetician certification for $2500.00. She was told that she could just learn while working in the salon. If you have seen how much is charged for a facial or any other skin care treatment, it runs between $45.00 - $110.00, depending on what you have done.
So I changed salons and as I ventured around Pleasanton, I have had many conversations with the ladies that do manicures and pedicures. I ask where they went to school and most can not tell me or remember where they got their training. I ask how long it takes to get their license and they don't seem to remember that information either.
We have a great community in Pleasanton, and many of the nail salons and massage studios that are in business do not have people who are trained and qualified. I would like to see some investigation into this fraudulent market place that is existing and thriving in our community. The good hard working people of Pleasanton are putting themselves at risk.
Posted by Blossom, a resident of the Stoneridge Orchards neighborhood, on Aug 3, 2011 at 10:32 am
Yes! I've always said there are witches living among us. School administrators, teachers, union officials. Here's another one to go after: fraudulent nail salon operator who speaks with Vietnamese accept. Pleasanton unite! We need ignite a ring of fire around this witch!
Posted by Independent, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Aug 3, 2011 at 11:17 am
Now Blossom - I finally find something on which I can agree with you (reading the in between the lines of your facetious post). Why the need to call out the nationality of shop owners/workers? Seems like a backhanded way to play off of racism.
If there is a legal issue, report it. But there is no need to call out the race and/or nationality of parties involved.
Posted by Bill, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Aug 3, 2011 at 1:00 pm
As a tax preparer I have seen an increase in handwritten 1099s and W2s. Typically from contracted home care providers. "stop the fraud" is right. Handwritten 1099s and W2s should be an instant red flag. This is the fastest way in the world to get a visit from the IRS or Franchise Tax Board.
Posted by Bob, a resident of the Happy Valley neighborhood, on Aug 3, 2011 at 1:06 pm
Martin Luther King wasn't a black man, he wasn't a religious man, he wasn't milk man or a fire man. He was just a man. To call him anything else is merely to push one's own elitist agenda down someone's throat.
Posted by Independent, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Aug 3, 2011 at 4:34 pm
Yes, Martin Luther King was a man, a great man (but not perfect) who stood for the equal rights and opportunities for all. He believed that all people in this country should have equal opportunity to improve themselves and make a better life for themselves.
Posted by Ari, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Aug 4, 2011 at 9:30 am
Independent further illuminates us with his paltry knowledge of Martin Luther King. Admits he knows nothing of King's philosophy, and then falls back on something he must have heard on Fox News. Something about "principals" and other school administrators, I guess. Another sad commentary from another sad and pathetic commentator, recognizable to all.
Posted by Independent, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Aug 4, 2011 at 9:52 am
Not sure why you are trying to slam me - I was only trying to give MLK the credit that he is due even though he was far from perfect as all people are. I sure wish I hadn't brought up the imperfection point as clearly it has been a distraction to the greater message of MLK.
BTW, here is a reference to his own thoughts regarding his extra-marital affairs:
Allegations of adultery
Having concluded that King was dangerous due to communist infiltration, the focus of the Bureau's investigations shifted to attempting to discredit King through revelations regarding his private life. FBI surveillance of King, some of it since made public, attempted to demonstrate that he also engaged in numerous extramarital affairs. Further remarks on King's lifestyle were made by several prominent officials, such as Lyndon Johnson, who once said that King was a "hypocritical preacher". Ralph Abernathy, a close associate of King's, stated in his 1989 autobiography And the Walls Came Tumbling Down that King had a "weakness for women". In a later interview, Abernathy said he only wrote the term "womanizing", and did not specifically say King had extramarital sex. King's biographer David Garrow wrote about a number of extramarital affairs, including one with a woman King saw almost daily. According to Garrow, "that relationship, rather than his marriage, increasingly became the emotional centerpiece of King's life, but it did not eliminate the incidental couplings that were a commonplace of King's travels." King explained his extramarital affairs as "a form of anxiety reduction." Garrow noted that King's promiscuity was the cause of "painful and overwhelming guilt".
Posted by Ari, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Aug 4, 2011 at 10:34 am
Independent/Steve are unable to address serious questions about Martin Luther King's principles. Instead, Steve in his perpetual petulant state calls everyone names, and Independent draws from EZComics in order to appear like he knows something about King beyond what Fox News offers. That's right, the source of Independent's gossip is EZComics -- dumb ideas for the uneducated who can't think for themselves or recognize a good idea from a bad one.
So, Steve, I'll ask you: What's your position on King's attempt to synthesize Christian thought with the Hegelian dialectic? What about it do you find 'questionable'?
Posted by Ari, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Aug 4, 2011 at 10:55 am
I'll ask again Steve-Independent: What's your position on King's attempt to synthesize Christian thought with the Hegelian dialectic? What about it do you find 'questionable'? It seems to me that if someone like yourself wants to honk out some blanket statement for all to read about your position on King's principles, you should be able to defend your claim.
Maybe your favorite source on King, EZComics, might help you.
Posted by Ari, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Aug 4, 2011 at 11:27 am
Exposed as the know-nothing he is, Independent-Steve falls back on his familiar lament that he's being abused. Poor Steve. Perhaps he should bundle up for nappy time with a copy of EZComics held close to his chest.
Posted by Tango, a resident of the Vineyard Avenue neighborhood, on Aug 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm
How did this get from nail salons to MLK? I have gone to many different Nail salons and have felt very uncomfortable there because everyone is speaking a foreign language. I feel like they may be talking about me. I just don't know. I stopped going to those salons when I saw unhealthy practices.
Posted by Patty, a resident of the Castlewood Heights neighborhood, on Aug 8, 2011 at 9:50 am
Who is this Cholo person anyway? What do you know about any of these people posting comments? Sounds like you have some anger issues to contend with. What are you so angry about? I know the person who posted this and yes, she does have a working daughter...
The way I read this post is that these people are hiding something and part of the problem of this state and nation. This is one of the reasons we are in so much debt! Shady business operations or basically "sweat shops" right under our noses! They hire their own so they can take a cut of the tips, pocket the taxes and go on about their way of doing business. After all, if they hired english speaking women who actually went to school to be trained, they would have to pay a fair wage now wouldn't they?
The name of the salon? Joie de Vie on Hopyard. Check any of them in Pleasanton..... If you go in there and ask these women where they went to school, they will only give you a city. If you ask them how long it took, they can't remember, some say 4000 hours, some say 300 hours, some say 400 hours, or they jost can't remember.
Posted by Peter Sellers, a resident of the Happy Valley neighborhood, on Aug 8, 2011 at 10:33 am
Yes, Patty, I've been spying on these nonenglish speakers for a long time. Some of them drive cars. Some of them stop and purchase goods from our local merchants. Yesterday I was on the verge of turning them in, but I had to get the film on my surveillance camera changed, and then it was time to get my nails done. Maybe today, though I have to hang around to pay my unlicensed yard worker. Say, his language isn't very good either....
Posted by Just anyone, a resident of Dublin, on Aug 22, 2012 at 6:59 pm
To those who keep talking down about the Vietnamese salon. You are a bunch of sad people. Do you think your own people don't evade tax? Do you think your own people don't hire unqualified staffs? Wake up to the reality and be fair to every body Hun!