LAURENS, SC (WSPA) – Police arrested a man after officers said he was filmed tattooing an unidentified minor at a McDonald’s restaurant in South Carolina.
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Brandon Presha, 28, of Laurens, has been charged with one count of illegal tattooing and one count of underage tattooing, who carry a combined bond of $ 25,000, according to the Laurens Police Department.
Presha is not a licensed tattoo artist, according to police.
The video shows a man, identified by police as Presha, wearing gloves and using a tattoo pen to administer the ink to the miner’s wrist or left forearm.
DHEC officials referred the matter to law enforcement and released the statement below.
“DHEC refers complaints about unlicensed tattoo facilities to local law enforcement. This is because DHEC does not have the legal power to take action against unauthorized tattoo facilities. State law limits DHEC’s power to take action on a license and impose monetary penalties on licensed tattoo facilities.
To ensure the health, safety and welfare of the public, DHEC ensures that complaints about unlicensed tattoo facilities are sent to local law enforcement agencies for action deemed necessary. A person who breaks the SC tattoo law is guilty of an offense and, if convicted, should be fined up to 2,500 or imprisoned for up to one year , the two.
The DHEC was in contact with local law enforcement on this matter yesterday.
McDonald’s franchisee, Mason McDonald’s, issued this statement:
“In our restaurants, nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our customers and employees. The conduct reported is not in line with our organization’s values or our expectations of how restaurants should be managed. We are investigating the incident and will take appropriate action to ensure that my restaurant is both a safe place for my employees to work and for the enjoyment of my customers. “
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