Father doesn't let gay stylist to cut his son’s hair. How the owner responds is PERFECT
After a customer recently dished out his anti-gay prejudices towards the staff of a salon in Prestatyn in North Wales, the owner has taken steps to ensure his team is never subjected to such behaviour again. Ever.
Russell Hughes (pictured above) is the owner of Russell Paul salon in Prestatyn, a resort town in North Wales. Despite its relatively small size – the town has a population of around 19,000 – Hughes has never experienced any incidences of homophobia in the 14 years he has been running his business.
Last month, however, a holidaymaker entered the salon seeking a haircut for his ten-year-old son – and the young boy was assigned a stylist who just happens to be gay.
Speaking to Prestayn newspaper Daily Post, Hughes said:
“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 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 left with his son. And Hughes was left feeling shocked and amazed by what had transpired.
He posted the incident on Facebook, prompting messages of support.
Buoyed by the response, Hughes then had a sign installed, warning bigots, misogynists, homophobes and just general douchebags to stay away.
Check it out below …
Hughes told the Daily Post: “I’d seen the sign on the internet and thought now was the time to get it, put it in the window and make sure we don’t get people like that in here again.
“Within an hour of putting it up in the window, it was shared all over Facebook and everyone’s been talking about it and supporting our message.”
Good on you guys.
We think more business should have that sign.
So here’s hoping others follow your example!