Hair dresser fired for giving discount to cancer patient

BAYTOWN – A single mother and hair stylist is looking for a new job, after she said she was fired for helping out a client with cancer.

Shaleana White worked at the Sport Clips on Garth Road in Baytown for nearly five years. 

“I always came in on time and never called out sick,” White said. “I figured if I do what I’m supposed to do it will pay off.”

One of her former customers had cancer and when she was losing her hair, the client came in a few times to even things out.

“I cut just this little area on the bottom of her neck and sides,” White said.

Since it wasn’t really a full cut, White said she charged the client $10 instead of the normal $19.

“I just remember giving her a hug and letting her know it was OK and that I would pray for her,” White said.

On Tuesday she was fired from her job, after she said a co-worker told her manager about the discounts.

"I’m just in shock because I didn’t think that they would do me like that,” White said. 

She said she was recently up for a promotion and now the single mother has no job.

“I just take it day by day and I’m grateful for the successes and failures in life,” White said. “I will just try to learn from it and move forward.”

The regional store manager tells Channel 2 News White was fired for giving out discounts that were not approved. The manager also said one of Sport Clips’ values is “Do what’s right."

The manager said White repeatedly did the wrong thing. The manager also pointed out Sport Clips donates to St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which raises money to help find cures for children with cancer.