Mum mortified after son, 9, left with Dumb and Dumber-style haircut

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A mum says her son’s haircut went so wrong it left him left looking like Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber.

Carley Dormer, 31, took her nine-year-old son, Mason Thompson, for a pre-lockdown trim on Tuesday.

She said he has been visiting Pitsea Turkish Barbers in Basildon, Essex along with her partner Aaron Russell, 31, since it opened two years ago – and it usually does a "fantastic" job.

But she was mortified after her son was left with a short, wonky 'bowl cut' fringe, just like in the classic 1994 comedy film.

Carley, of Basildon, said: "It was absolutely awful. He looked exactly like Jim Carrey out of Dumb and Dumber – not how a nine-year-old boy wants to look at all.

"He's just getting to the age where appearance is really important to him, and he was a little bit distraught, worrying that kids at school were going to take the mick out of him.

"I'd be devastated if that was me or my partner – he wants the latest, most modern haircut, not something like that.

"He ended up crying as the barber just made it worse after we told him twice to try and straighten it out.”

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Carley said she eventually got her £12 back after initially being told by the barber "not to come back anymore”.

She claimed they were "ushered" out without an apology.

Carley said: "It was a really odd situation. We have never had any issues in there before.

"My partner had already had his hair done, and they had done a fantastic job, as always.”

She says she told the barber, who had cut her son’s hair before, that “we just wanted the usual”.

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Carley said: "But his hair looked really odd – it looked like it had had a chunk taken out of it at the front, and it was really uneven.

"The guy said he would fix it – but then when he finished off it was still really slanted.

"I said, sorry, I'm really not happy with this, could you make it a bit more even please?

"The barber huffed and puffed and tried to straighten it, but it was just getting worse, so I told him to stop.”

Another barber – Steven Gomma of Goodycuts – later offered to fix it for free after seeing her Facebook post about it.

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The manager of Pitsea Turkish Barbers, who gave his name as Ali, said: "We employ only the best barbers who are professional and certified in the industry.

"I do not believe there was anything wrong with the haircut.

"The lady made the child distressed by shouting and being aggressive to my staff.

"The child was happy with the haircut, however his mother was adamant she wanted her money back.

"I know it's a tough time for us all, however if she really wanted a free haircut she could have asked and we would have helped her, because we understand that we are in unusual and challenging times.

"We gave her a refund and she is more than welcome back if she chooses to come."

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