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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Shawn Vestal: Spokane’s small-time grifter raises hackles like few others

Next time, the man with the constant tales of woe really might need 20 bucks – to help pay a court fine. Brandon C. Pier found himself in jail over the weekend, charged with stealing a $13 haircut. Pier, whose nonstop small-time scamming has reached seemingly every corner of the community, apparently messed with the wrong barber.

Shawn Vestal: Leland’s Barber Shop owner can’t forget grifter who skipped on clip

It was a Monday afternoon when a young man calling himself Chris stepped into Leland’s Barber Shop and asked if they had an opening for a drop-in. “Chris” told owner Claudia Kirkebo that he was a medical student, working for Group Health. When the haircut was concluded, he stood and patted his pockets, and then told her he had a 20 in his car and he’d be right back. Sure, Kirkebo told him. After all, customers do that all the time, and they had always returned.