A 28-year-old man is facing charges after tattooing a child inside a McDonald’s fast-food restaurant in Laurens, South Carolina.
Laurens police say local resident Brandon Presha was arrested on charges of illegal tattooing and underage tattooing.
Local media reported that Laurens Police Chief Chrissie Latimore said a judge set bond on both charges at $25,000.
Latimore says the August 6 incident came to the attention of police last week after some detectives were tagged on social media posts showing video of the child being tattooed.
Tattoo and permanent cosmetic artists are required to be certified. Laws require an annual license fee for a tattoo, body piercing and permanent cosmetic artists/shops.
A person convicted of practicing tattooing without a proper license often faces a fine. In some states, the law only allows for a maximum penalty of a fine, while in other states fines and potential jail time are possible.
Most US states have laws prohibiting minors from getting tattoos. Thirty-eight states have laws that prohibit both body piercing and tattooing on minors without parental permission.
Upon conviction, violators will be either fined a maximum of $500, imprisoned for up to six months, or both.