The owner of the Russell Paul hairdressing salon in Prestatyn, North Wales was left so shocked by the recent behavior of a customer that he has been moved to take action to ensure a similar incident doesn’t happen again.
Russell Hughes (pictured) has been running the salon for the past 14 years. In that time, he has never had a customer cause a fuss over the sexuality of himself or his staff.
That was until a man turned up at the salon last month to ask if they could give his young son a haircut.
‘I didn’t recognize them. I think they may have been here on holiday,’ Hughes told the Daily Post.
‘He asked if anyone could cut his son’s hair and I told him yes, that’s fine.
‘I was already with a client and so I asked my colleague Richard [Evans] if he would do it.
‘The man came up to me at that point and said: “I’m not being funny but did you just say that lad’s going to cut my son’s hair”, to which I replied “yes”.
‘He then said, “Well I assume he’s gay and I don’t want him cutting my lad’s hair so could you do it”, to which I said no because I’m gay as well.’
The man did not respond, and simply turned around and left, leaving Hughes and the rest of the salon staff dumbfounded by his attitude.
‘I was so shocked,’ said Evans, the salon’s Assistant Manager. ‘You don’t expect to be treated like that in this day and age. I’ve worked at the salon for seven years and have never experienced anything like that before.’
Following the incident, Hughes yesterday erected a prominent sign (pictured) in the window of the business that says ‘If you are racist, sexist, homophobic or an a**hole … don’t come in.’
Speaking to Gay Star Business, Evans said that they had had a great reaction to the sign being erected yesterday, both on the salon’s Facebook page and at the salon.
‘We had a lady call in to ask if she could take a photo of it and people knocking on the window and giving us the thumbs up. People seem to really like it.’
Evans said that he had never known of a similar incident taking place in the salon – where he has worked for several years – and that he had always regarded Prestatyn itself, although a small town, as a fairly tolerant place.