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Man drives his Mercedes through The Scrub Closet in Gainesville, still makes his hair appointment
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A man drove through a wall of The Scrub Closet on Friday, Feb. 28, in Gainesville. No one was injured in the accident, and passersby said the older driver was able to make his appointment for a haircut while he talked with police about the incident. Photo courtesy Candace Gooch.

A man drove his car through the front of a Gainesville store around 8:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28.

Tracey Bentley, owner at The Scrub Closet in Gainesville, got a call from her neighbors at Precision Hair Kutters telling her the front of her shop was demolished.

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Tracey Bentley, owner of The Scrub Closet, surveys damage at her store caused when a driver mistakenly put his foot on the gas instead of the brake on Friday, Feb. 28, in Gainesville. No one was injured in the wreck. - photo by Layne Saliba

“The little guy was coming to get his hair cut and he said he went to park here, and he said the type of shoes he had were slick on the bottom and he said he went to put on the brake and when he did, his foot slid off,” Bentley said while holding a broom.

No one was injured, according to Nick Smith, an officer with the Gainesville Police Department.

The man, who Smith verified was an elderly driver, was still able to make his appointment at Precision Hair Kutters. 

“He got his hair cut and talked to the police all at the same time,” said Candace Gooch, who works at Precision.

The driver of the black Mercedes sedan was parking in a handicap spot in front of The Scrub Closet, next to Publix on Thompson Bridge Road.

“The ladies next door saw it,” Bentley said. “When they looked out the window, all they saw was the car airborne.”

Bentley was left sweeping up glass and picking up scrubs from the floor inside on Friday. All that was left behind from the car was a small piece from its bumper.

The shop is still open, but it will have to adjust as the day goes on and repairs are made.

“Today, we’re just going to board it up,” said Wesley Owenby, who’s helping with the repairs.

This story has been updated from its original version.

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Wesley Owenby walks past damage at The Scrub Closet on Friday, Feb. 28, in Gainesville. Owenby will be doing repairs on the building, which was damaged on Friday by a driver who accidentally stepped on the gas instead of the brake while pulling into a spot ahead of an appointment for a haircut. - photo by Layne Saliba
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