A Welsh hairdresser has banned bigots from visiting his salon after a father refused to let gay stylists cut his 10-year-old son’s hair.
Russell Hughes – who owns Russell Paul Hairdressing in Denbighshire, north-east Wales – subsequently placed a sign in his window reading: ‘If you are racist, sexist, homophobic or an a***hole ...don't come in’.
Mr Hughes described how this this week he had asked his colleague to see to some parents who had walked into the salon with their son.
He said: “The man came up to me and said: ‘I’m not being funny, but did you just say that lad’s going to cut my son’s hair?’ 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?’ I said no because I’m gay as well.”
Mr Hughes said the man stormed out of the salon with his wife and son.
The hairdresser took to Facebook to post about the incident which attracted a massive response from the public.
Having been on the High Street for 14 years, Mr Hughes said he had seen the sign online for years – and now had the perfect reason to proudly display it in his salon’s window.
He said: “Now was the time to get it. I've put it in the window to make sure we don't get people like that in here again.”