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Fraud in the many nail salons

Original post made by Lisa, Downtown, on Aug 3, 2011

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.

Comments (31)

Posted by stop the fraud
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 3, 2011 at 9:49 am

You need to call the FTB and the IRS and get this place shut down. You can do it anonymously or you can give them your contact info and be eligible for a monetary reward.
Have the paycheck in hand when you call, you will need to give as much information about the company as possible.
Fraud hotline 800-540-3453 for CA, for the IRS call 800-829-1040.
It is certain that the money that was "withheld" from the paycheck never made it into the tax account of the employee. Penalties to the employer are severe for that and they can include jail time.
You should also notify the Pleasanton city attorney and ask for his assistance. They are required to have a city license to operate so the city has some degree of responsibility to assist you.
It's good to post this on the forum but you really need to take action yourself to stop it, as you did not say which salon it is. Of course, naming the violator would allow many more of us to help.

Posted by Ed
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Aug 3, 2011 at 10:28 am

The story is bogus. Oh, say, my daughter worked for Acorn and they insisted that she forge signatures and encourage people to vote twice for the dems. Has anyone else encountered this?

There are many different ways to spread one's hatred....

Posted by Blossom
a resident of Stoneridge Orchards
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 Another Pleasanton 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 Amberwood/Wood Meadows
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 Happy Valley
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 Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 3, 2011 at 3:20 pm

As I recall, Lisa doesn't have a working daughter.

Posted by Independent
a resident of Another Pleasanton 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 Downtown
on Aug 3, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Very impressive summary, Independent. I'm curious, when you mention King's imperfections, do you think this was because of his attempt to fuse Christian principles with the Hegelian dialectic?

Posted by Independent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 4, 2011 at 7:06 am

I have no perspective nor opinion on that suggested connections. I was referring to MLK's extra-marital affairs.

I focus on the principals that one espouses. And in MLK's case, he espoused a fundamentally important principal - equality for all.

Posted by Independent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 4, 2011 at 7:09 am

Equality meaning equal opportunities not equal stations in life via transfer of wealth.

Posted by Ari
a resident of Downtown
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 Another Pleasanton 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.[159] 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".[162] 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".[163][164][165] In a later interview, Abernathy said he only wrote the term "womanizing", and did not specifically say King had extramarital sex.[164] 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".[166]

Posted by steve
a resident of Parkside
on Aug 4, 2011 at 9:58 am

Ari-I agree with you. MLK's principles were questionable. As are your attempts to be condescending and pompous. You must be an insufferable bore to be around.

Posted by Ari
a resident of Downtown
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 Independent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 4, 2011 at 10:46 am

Ari - Does it make you feel better to treat people the way you do?

Posted by Ari
a resident of Downtown
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.

Trying not to laugh too hard at you, really.

Posted by Independent
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 4, 2011 at 11:19 am

Wow Ari - I start out on this post defending the position that one should not use race/nationality/sexual persuasion/etc. to classify people and it ends with your continued abuse.

Best of luck to you.

Posted by Ari
a resident of Downtown
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 Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 4, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Can somebody please help me understand what you mean by MLK's principles? I know a bit about MLK but I don't know what you mean by his principles. Are you referring to Rev. Martin Luther King?


Posted by Tango
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
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 Tangoing in the Dark
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Aug 5, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I agree with Tango. What do oppressive, unhealthful, exploitative working conditions for a bunch of nonEnlish speaking Vietnamese girls have anything to do with MLK?

And the language issue has always bothered me too. That why I never travel abroad. All these people running around who don't speak my language, and they must all be talking about ME.

Since I refuse to go into a nail salon with Vietnamese-speaking women, whenever I need my nails done I take a bus up to Canada.

Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 5, 2011 at 11:10 pm

you could bite your toe nails...tango doesn't have could she have toenails...duh...

in my opinion, tango has a loose screw...i rest my case...

Posted by Another Salon
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Aug 5, 2011 at 11:46 pm

To Tangoing:

No one needs to go to Canada...try Tootsies in Danville.

They have disposable foot tubs and...English. No kidding.

Oh - and they have really nice shoes for sale too. And a scrumptious chocolate store next door. can relax...away from this stressful forum...

Posted by Ngyen Duvall
a resident of Happy Valley
on Aug 6, 2011 at 12:58 am

Ah, yes, nail salons, English speaking or no, ya just have to love the overwhelming stench of nail polish chemicals in the morning.

Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 7, 2011 at 2:57 pm

it seems to me that the main reason anybody has her/his nails done is to get high on the fumes...BUSTED!

Posted by Patty
a resident of Castlewood Heights
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 Happy Valley
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 Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 8, 2011 at 10:47 pm

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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!

Posted by Ari
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 22, 2012 at 7:54 pm

@Just anyone: what's your position on MLK's attempt to fuse Christianity with the Hegelian Dialectic? You must answer! Answer now!

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