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Baker says nobody would drive to Maine for a haircut, but some Bay Staters beg to differ

At his daily press briefing today, Gov. Baker discussed the issue of different New England states opening different parts of their economies at different times - in particular, Maine possibly allowing its barbershops and hair salons earlier than Massachusetts.

"I don't think anybody's going to travel from Massachusetts to Maine to visit a barbershop," said the man who refused to let marijuana shops open for fear of people driving here from God knows where to buy some pot.

Some local Twitter users were quick to reply that they've gotten unkempt enough they would, in fact, drive to Maine just to get their hair cut or styled.

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I have three friends who actually do that on a regular basis because they spend the summer and other times in Maine and like the service they get. So they go up every so often even in the dead of winter... To their credit they said they won't go now but it just shows you there are people who make the trek even when the salon next door is open.

Plus the traffic won't be bad and if you can do it on a nice day and visit the coast on the way home...

I think Maine has no clue what they are setting themselves up for.

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Driving to Maine for a haircut. Wow. Future generations will rightfully hate us for ruining the planet over such dumb behavior.

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And that's precisely why I've made no contribution to breeding future generations.

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Thank you for your service.

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Presumably it would be OK if one took public transportation.

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I greatly enjoy biking up to Kittery of a lovely summer day. Although I usually take the commuter rail from Newburyport on the return trip.

Newburyport MBTA to Kittery and back is around 50 miles.

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Yeah, because there are so many barber shops in the industrial wasteland next to the Portland train station.

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Are the rare earth minerals in your phone from Belmont?

Are the components of your bikes locally sourced? I know Allston does not have many wheel factories anymore. I know the rubber trees of Newton were removed a long time ago.

Is all of your food from farms in Charlestown?

Is your bike helmet made from locally sourced plastics?

If not, you are part of the disease.

Lighten up. A day trip to Maine sounds fantastic just about now.

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"Do as I say, not as I do."

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You never go on road trips? It's not all that far away if you go up for the day.

I'm sure if we laid out your weekly behavior I'm sure we could find plenty of things you do that others would look down on. Heck one trip on a plane to a far off land is easily a couple years of drives to Maine.

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I dunno, Maine closed a lot of beaches and parks because of people driving up from out of state to congregate there, so they're at least aware that people will do stupid things. The difference is, it's easier for a barber shop to enforce social distancing rules, and I expect most barbers and salons that open to only accept appointments from existing customers anyway.

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We have nothing keeping us from driving to ME to get a haircut. Might as well top at tax-free NH.

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If Maine hadn't seceded from Massachusetts, it wouldn't be a problem for us. How dare people recognize that they don't agree with people who live somewhere else and attempt to govern themselves! Perhaps Baker should go find Peabody and Sherman and go back to 1820 if he's genuine about exercising dominion over people shopping state governments for haircuts.

The Tweets above say it all, especially the commute one. I can't believe the rich guy doesn't have a fundamental understanding of how working people live their lives. If I had his wealth, I wouldn't spend a single iota of my time telling people whether or not they can get a haircut. What a dominionist sociopath.

No seriously, why did any schmuck see fit to reward this guy with a vote? I'll wait.

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In my opinion, he's a total phony. Not a crazy-ass raving maniac phony like many Republicans these days, but a phony nevertheless.

So he's concerned out of staters are coming to buy our pot and concerned we are going out of state to get haircuts?? Come'on gov, you don't really believe the words that come out of your own mouth.

And at the risk of getting Uhub-bombed, I find his crying and almost crying act to be phony too. Real compassion and real emotion can be admirable traits in a political leader. But Baker has been turning on the crackling voice and the tears for his entire political career. Remember the phony fisherman story that made him cry? It was a totally phony story he made up, and he cried about his own phony story.

I also wonder why people vote for him.

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My philosophy is "If it ain't broke, Don't fix it". He did Massachusetts well during his first term.

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Or will people doing remote work simply squat up there, run back and forth on the weekends, and move the 'rona around with them?

There is already fairly heavy travel back and forth during the summer since it doesn't cost much to buy a camp up there.

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There's a LOT of "stay away out-of-staters" attitude in Maine this year. I do understand, but it doesn't make me happy.

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the recovered, like myself. Thanks!

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is the distance from the northernmost place in Salisbury, Massachusetts to the southernmost place in Kittery, Maine. The New Hampshire coast is very short.

Map link

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..... with too much common sense.

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Magoo bought a buzzer on Amazon Prime to do some Magoo manscaping. Magoo.

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Why my wife/ warden was letting me out on parole for a day trip to Maine.

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There’s a great barber in Bar Harbor.

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In normal times I'm a Mainer-regular. The mask wearing does not have the same adoption rate out in public as it does down here.

The locals do not want to see us right now as we are "from away". That is already screwing up their summer economy in a big way, too. I believe they can't even rent out vacation rentals until July but who knows that could change.

Sure, I'll be up but not until we are well into the summer and I can take off the two weeks required to self quarantine.
I wouldn't be surprised if they had to set up like a border patrol set up to find out why people were coming up. At least, I would go up there with the mentality to be prepared to let them know your quarantine plans.
Down here I heard some stylists are doing secret "outdoor" hair cuts at home. See if you can convince your barber to try that!

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My dry cleaner is a neighborhood spot where people chit chat a bit. (At least they did in normal times).

The owner claims to have a few customers who have moved out of state, but still send him shirts to clean and ship back (boxed).

People do weird things.

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Going out of state just to go to a gym.. until I saw they were also closed. If there’s something I need that’s open in another state, I’ll definitely go.

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