Talk about being a Pinocchio of a storyteller — Shafik Hirji had personally told me time and time again that the two Champagne Salon & Spas that he is the straw owner of were making money hand over fist. So you might imagine my surprise when I woke up this morning and tuned into the local Las Vegas Channel 13 Action News while I’m having my coffee and see their report that says that BOTH Champagne Salon & Spas on Eastern Avenue in Henderson are closing for good. (Click on the screen shot at the top of this post and you’ll be taken to the video of the report, or click here: Channel 13 Action News Salon & Spa Closes.) Also, the story accompanying that video report noted that, “A salon representative said the business has been losing money for a full year and had no choice but to close.” Let me add that I knew that both stores had been closed up for weeks, purportedly, according to a sign on the door, for “remodeling.”
If someone were to issue a subpoena to the landlord of both these buildings, you would clearly see that Shafik Hirji and a family member signed both leases. Hirji himself told me previously that was the case with the Champagne Salon & Spas.
The businesses closed with little to no warning, according to Channel 13’s reporting, leaving employees and customers out of a bunch of money. One Spa employee that Channel 13 Action News interviewed said she was missing two paychecks, and the last one she received bounced. Customers interviewed said they recently had already paid for treatments that now are inaccessible to them since both Champagne Salon & Spas are closed permanently.
Shafik Hirji loves the limelight (the narcissist side of him, in my opinion), but he’s probably not liking the spotlight being shined on his businesses closing down by local news. And he apparently has no remorse over any of this. How much more morally bankrupt can you be than having an attitude like that? All in the course of doing business, right. He can blame anyone or anything for this turns of events, but he’s not taking any responsibility whatsoever. Someone with the Salon & Spas told the Channel 13 reporter that everyone would get their money, but in my opinion, that’s highly unlikely. (However, maybe with this article getting attention combined with the Channel 13 report, enough pressure will be put on Hirji for him to refund customers their money and actually pay his employees. We’ll see, but I wouldn’t hold my breath, if I were you.
I’m sure the State of Nevada Attorney General’s office might be interested in what’s been going on behind the closed doors of the Champagne Salon & Spas businesses, as well as the Nevada Labor Board. Bilking employees and customers out of their cash is not looked upon with favor by either of these state agencies.
My advice (and I’m not a lawyer dispensing legal advice, this is just a personal observation) would be to contact the State of Nevada Bureau of Consumer Protection, which is part of the Nevada Labor Relations Board.
Nevada Labor Relations Board Claim/Complaint Form: 702-388-6416
And here’s a link to a complaint form and the phone number to the State of Nevada Attorney General’s office:
Nevada Attorney General Complaint Form — 702-486-3420
Another note — a narcissistic sociopath is someone:
” … with a combination of narcissistic personality disorder and definitive behavioral signs of sociopathy. People with narcissism are characterized by their excessive and persistent need for others’ admiration and positive reinforcement. A sociopathic person is someone with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience.”
We’ll watch to see how this all unfolds.