Montgomery barber discovers iconic symbol stolen from her business

Published: Feb. 11, 2016 at 9:46 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 19, 2016 at 9:46 PM CST
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A photo of the barber pole stolen from Sides' business. (Source: WSFA 12 News)
A photo of the barber pole stolen from Sides' business. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Patricia Sides fulfilled a dream to become a barber years ago. She purchased Kut-N-Go and, by and large, business was going well until a few nights ago.

"I was in shock for awhile," she said.

Someone didn't just steal Sides' barber pole out front, they meticulously took it apart even though it had been securely bolted to the wall. They even cut the wire. The pole weighed around 15 pounds, two feet long and hung 7 feet off the ground near the front door.

"They had to get a step-ladder or ladder to get it down," she said.

The theft happened in plain view of busy Coliseum Boulevard in Montgomery.

The barber pole looked like the one you typically see mounted on barber shops with red, white, and blue stripes revolving with a light on top. There is a long history being the iconic symbol.

"Years ago they considered barbers doctors. The red stands for blood. The white stands for bandages. They even extracted teeth," Sides said.

She paid $350 seven years ago to have the pole refurbished. It was the original barber pole that came with the barber shop built 49 years ago.

A police report has been filed with the Montgomery Police Department and so far no one's been arrested. Sides says she plans to purchase a new barber pole which costs around $600. The barber said she does not plan to press charges if the suspects would bring it back, assuming it still works.

Sides can only guess at this point it may have been juveniles who it took away not realizing they took something that meant the world to the veteran barber.

"Females were not barbers years ago because it was mostly a man's job. Knowing what the barber pole stands for, I know it stands for medical and the history of it.. that's the sentimental part of it," Sides explained.

It's a disappointment that cuts deep. She just wants it back.

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