Philadelphia — The hairdresser who’s become a target of the Hooters chain, a New York City company that specializes in high-end beauty, is leaving the company.
Antoine Mouton, 53, announced Tuesday that he will take a job with Hooters, which he said was the right move after he had a run-in with the chain’s management team.
Mouton was terminated from his job at the New York-based salon after being accused of taking money from a client to purchase luxury hair products, according to a statement by his attorney, James P. O’Connor Jr. Moutons salon in Jersey City has been criticized by some customers and fellow salon owners for selling expensive hair products at a price that was too high.
Hooters did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In an interview last year, Moutson said he bought his salon’s hair at a discounted price and paid cash for it at a local supermarket.
The customer said he paid $300 for the product and gave it to Moutsen as a tip.
The chain has been embroiled in a controversy in recent years.
An investigation by The Associated Press and the Philadelphia Inquirer found that at least two customers were fired for selling Hooters products at the price they charged.
Moutsons former clients say they were told they had to pay for the hair at the salon and were not reimbursed for the cost of the product, which was sold for $100.
MOUTON’S CASE IN THE NEW YORK TIMES: The AP story said Moutone was fired after he was found to have made a fraudulent sale of hair products.
At the time, Moutson was accused of using the salon’s credit card to pay a customer $300.
He was also accused of selling hair products that were advertised to customers for $150 each.
It is unclear if Moutones case will lead to a criminal charge, but he is accused of making false statements and falsifying documents, and the New Jersey Department of Labor is investigating.