Pleasanton Weekly

News - January 21, 2011

Car crashes into First Street barbershop

No one hurt as empty chairs crushed

by Jeb Bing

Cosmo's Barber Shop in the Pleasanton Plaza Center on First Street closed early last Saturday, and with good reason.

A motorist who'd parked in front and had just had his hair cut mistakenly put his gear shift in Drive and drove through the barber shop's plate glass front door, running over two empty barber chairs and finally stopping after crashing through a side wall.

The accident happened at 3:30 p.m. Saturday with only a few customers in the shop after a busy Saturday morning when all the barber chairs and customers' chairs had been filled.

"We were very lucky that this happened late in the afternoon when the front chairs were empty," said Cosmo Panetta, the barber shop owner. "No one was injured, including the motorist who happens to be a customer of mine."

Panetta, who cuts hair in the first chair next to the front door and window -- and whose barber chair was destroyed -- was in the back of the shop at the time watching the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens game.

"You might say that Pittsburgh made my day," Panetta said.


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