State law prohibits fish aquariums in barber shops - WKRN News 2

State law prohibits fish aquariums in barber shops

Lori Corbin, owner of Hamilton Barber Shop Lori Corbin, owner of Hamilton Barber Shop

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Lori Corbin opened Hamilton Barber Shop in a strip mall between Columbia and Mt. Pleasant three years ago.

"That is all I have ever done," Corbin told News 2, "I have been a barber for 28 years."

When she moved into her shop, she installed a fish aquarium in the wall with plans on adding live fish.

Before Corbin opened her doors for business, however, a state inspector told her she could not have fish in the aquarium.

"I put in a tank and I was going to put a fish tank in and an inspector came in and she said it is against regulation to put a tank in," Corbin recalled.

She said she didn't think much more about it and instead, put small plastic animals into the empty tank.

"I got to talking to my customers and they could not understand why I couldn't have a tank with fish in it," she said, adding, "Everybody thought what a stupid law it is not to have fish in here."

Like her customers, Corbin wondered why dentist's offices, doctor's offices and restaurants can have aquariums and barber shops can't.

Recently, Corbin said one her customers told Representative Ty Cobb about the law and he paid her a visit.

"Mr. Cobb came by here and talked to me and he decided that we should try to get fish tanks [allowed] in barber shops," she said.

She said Rep. Cobb will introduce the proposal to change the regulation to a committee next week.

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