Walk-in turns to drive-in

Published 7:00 am Friday, March 21, 2014

Steel Magnolias Hair Salon had a walk-in client make their business a drive-in when she mistakenly pressed the gas instead of the brake on Wednesday afternoon. Fortunately, the shop had uncharacteristically closed early for the day a mere hour before. Photo submitted

NEW DRIVE-IN: Steel Magnolias Hair Salon had a walk-in client make their business a drive-in when she mistakenly pressed the gas instead of the brake on Wednesday afternoon. Fortunately, the shop had uncharacteristically closed early for the day a mere hour before.
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The Picayune Police responded to an accident that involved a vehicle driving through a business. The accident occurred when a potential walk-in client drove through the building front of Steel Magnolias Hair Salon on Wednesday, said Jeremy Magri, assistant to the police.

Picayune Police officers responded to the scene of the crash at the business, located at 115 U.S. Hwy. 11, at approximately 3:08 p.m., Magri said.

The driver of the car stated that she needed a haircut and accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake causing her vehicle to run through the building, Magri said.

No citations were issued, Magri said.

Steel Magnolias owner Ronda Mitchell was on the scene and said the vehicle entered through the building where the hair dryers are stations. She said the vehicle almost reached the first stylist station.

“We are normally packed with customers at this time of day, we will have anywhere between eight to 10 clients, between school letting out and people getting off work early,” Mitchell said. “Thankfully, we have been so busy with clients that when we did not have a client booked this afternoon, which never happens, we decided to shut the shop down early and take a break. The Lord watches out for us.”

Stylist Sonya Mooneyhan said she works at the first station where the vehicle entered the building. If the shop had been open she, and any potential customers, would likely have been injured.

“We are very thankful to the Lord that no one was hurt in this event,” Mooneyhan said.

Mitchell and Mooneyhan have no plans to close the business for repairs. Mitchell said the business opened as scheduled on Thursday and they are booked with appointments.