Cut and run! Glamorous Chicago woman is accused of scamming swanky salons out of $1,200 treatments by waiting until hairdresser is finished – then claiming she has to fill parking meter and fleeing
- An unidentified woman has been accused of scamming local Chicago hairdressers out of expensive treatments by saying she needs to pay her meter
- Business owners Krysta Rojas and Lisa Caputo have both claimed the young woman scammed their businesses using the trick
- The woman allegedly asks hairdressers if she can go pay her meter just as the appointment is nearly finished and never returns
- ‘I feel like people oftentimes think they can take advantage of small businesses,’ Rojas said, who lost out on $1,200
- The woman has not been charged and told CBS News she was advised by her lawyers not to say anything
A glamorous Chicago woman has been accused of repeatedly booking appointments for pricey hair appointments and then leaving without paying after claiming she has to pay her parking meter.
The woman, who has not been named and has not been charged by authorities, allegedly scammed salon owners Krysta Rojas and Lisa Caputo, who have both filed police reports against her.
The young woman allegedly gets her hair done and just as the appointment is about to finish, she asks the hairdresser to quickly dip out to pay her parking meter, leaving the establishments in the cape and hair clips to make it believable.
Her latest scam hit Base Salon in the West Loop, which is owned by Rojas, on Friday. The young woman reportedly had a five-hour appointment to get her hair colored, tallying a bill upward of $1,200.
CBS Chicago were able to track the woman down – but she said she was unable to comment on the advice of her lawyer.
Two salon owners have accuse a woman (pictured) of scamming them out of expensive hair appointments after she allegedly asked the hairdressers to dip out to pay a parking meter and never returning toward the end of her appointments
The woman is seen in foils during another treatment. She’s accused of fleecing multiple salons out of huge treatments
Base Loop salon owner Krysta Rojas had taken a video of the girl while she was in on Friday and later used the image to find her on social media
‘Yes, [it’s a] pretty high-end service,’ Rojas told CBS News. ‘I feel like people oftentimes think they can take advantage of small businesses.’
Rojas would later find out that the woman did the same thing her friend, Caputo, after finding her on social media.
She managed to match the suspected woman in the TikTok to the video she had taken in her salon that day.
The alleged scammer had posted a TikTok video of her wearing a cape from Salon 833, owned by Caputo, in River West.
‘She did the same thing to us [in May],’ Caputo told CBS News. ‘Toward the end of her service — her color was finished completely, started to blow dry – that’s when the client asked if she could go pay her meter.’
She said it ‘financially’ hurt her business.
A third salon has also reportedly canceled the woman’s upcoming appointment after finding out about her ruse online, CBS News claimed.
The woman’s latest hit happened at Base Loop, which is owned by Krysta Rojas (left) on Friday, where she allegedly scammed the business owner out of $1,200. In May, she also ripped off Lisa Caputo (right) by using the same trick
Rojas only found out the woman was using the same trick after finding her on TikTok and seeing her Caputo’s business Salon 833 featured in her video
Base Salon was scammed on Friday, according to Rojas
Now Rojas is criticizing the cheap woman, saying: ‘This wasn’t given to me. I worked really hard. No one gave me anything when I built this from the ground up.
‘If you want nice things, you should work for them.’
The woman, who was contacted by CBS News, told the outlet ‘my lawyer advised me not to make any comments going forward, because at this point we’re definitely going to take legal action with a letter of cease and desist.’
She declined to comment on whether or not her accusers were wrong.