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Trading Standards Forces ‘Punless’ Hair Salon to Close

A West-Midlands ladies’ hair salon was forced to close yesterday after its owner refused to comply with a Trading Standards order over its ‘Punless’ name.

Head of Solihull Trading Standards Mark Jones said ‘We first approached the owner of ‘Eileen’s Hair Salon’ back in March and issued an order for her to comply with the ‘Hairdresser’s Pun and Innuendo Regulations Act 2003’. At the time we issued the order there was a clear breach of the regulation, and we had to act to protect both the public and the profession. The salon’s name excluded such required phrases as ‘Short and Curly’ and even failed to mention the word ‘Blow’. ‘The business was offered a range of pun-based names such as ‘A Cut Above’, ‘Lunatic Fringe’ and ‘Curl up and Dry’,’ chuckled Mr Jones, barely able to speak for laughter at these puns, ‘but in April as new shop-sign was put up which read ‘Eileen’s Hair and Nail Salon’. This was another clear attempt to pay lip-service to the regulation and we had to act swiftly and close down the business’.

Jones continued that fish and chip shop owners should also be on their guard. The new EU regulation coming into force in December requires all such premises to include fish puns in their titles, such as ‘The Tasty Plaice’, ‘In Cod We Trust’ and the rather laboured ‘Are you ready to Rock Salmon and Chips Twice Please; No Vinegar.’

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Posted: Oct 13th, 2007 by antharrison

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