Worried salon bosses were forced to call the police after claims emerged that a teen had been left in tears at the hairdressers, claims that sparked a heated hate debate on social media.
Police responded swiftly at the Patrick & Son located in Causeyside Street. This is a row that has been captured by photographers Los Angeles and a host of local journalists who has since visited the scene. It is said that the backlash on social media was spurred by the mother of the teen who worked in the same salon as a junior.
Kerri McCormick (mother), posted an emotional message on February 23, which asserted that her 16-year old daughter was left in tears and agony thanks to the awful treatment she received at the hairdressers.
She continued to say that the treatment left her daughter in distress, which forced her to tender her resignation notice to her bosses.
She went on to warn those thinking of putting themselves, their children, family members, or friends in a junior position in the salon should think twice, because they might find themselves in the same situation in no time.
“My daughter calling me when in tears was not a one-time occurrence. It is something that happened every week.” She said.
“I am delighted that my daughter was able to find a way out before you made her learn the profession she has always dreamed about.” She added.
She asserted that most juniors were mistreated but were not in a position to speak up, but she said that the salon had picked a wrong target at that time.
A few hours after her Facebook rant, the post was shared by over 6,000 times by people all over the country, with most of them abusing staff in the saloon, and others asking everyone to boycott the business.
There are those who suggested bombarding the saloon with mock appointments, while one of the users went as far as looking for contact details of one of the staff members and calling on for other Facebook users to use abusive language against the individual.
Paisley police have confirmed the incident, citing that the owner of the business had raised concerns about staff safety. Tracy Harkins, Paisley inspector, said, “We have received a call over concerns raised over social media. We have given our advice as we look deeper into the matter.”
She added, “People should be extra careful about what they write and say on social media, and recipients need to be cautious about what they believe from social media.”
Salon bosses have filed a legal suit and will be suing the teen’s mother for defamation. Nonetheless, the police say they are yet to know the facts, and more investigations will be done in due course.