Whilst shopping today in the local high st what can only be described as an ear splitting wail of sheer despair rose up above the crowd. It was a chilling sound that brought the street almost to a standstill as we all searched for the source of that heart-rending cry.
Some distance away, across the main square, a young woman was fleeing from the bank (?- may have been a shop), with a handful of papers, yelling at the top of her lungs in obvious distress. She scuttled across the square and into an alleyway between shops on the far side, but her anguish could still be heard quite plainly. This was a full scale melt-down in progress.
I dropped into the local unisex hairdresser today to enquire about the price of a haircut.
The prices on the door were ambiguous – quoting at least five totals for a ‘hair experience’. That phrase alone should have rung warning bells! This is a shop, I might add, which seldom appears to have customers when I walk past.)But as it is local I thought I’d give it a try – support local businesses.
Me: Hello. How much do you charge for a dry cut?
Proprietor: That would be £25.
Me: For a dry cut?
P: Well… £20?
Me: How much do you charge men for a dry cut?
P: £12.5o if its me – or £9.00 if its the trainee.
Me: Why the big difference?
P: … er… well women’s hair takes longer.
Me: A dry cut should be the same surely?
P: (looking bewildered) well… no. Women’s hair takes longer.
Me: Okay. Thank you… (*leaves without making an appointment)
I don’t mind paying £20 if that is what the haircut costs at that establishment. But being charged around twice the amount for the same service purely on the basis of my gender?
The question that immediately springs to mind is:
Are the men being short changed because the stylist is giving them less time and attention? Or are we women really just being exploited?
Answers on a postcard…
House moving looms and we find that BT are unable to supply a telephone line until 14 days after the current house owner has moved out, and can’t supply us with a telephone number until then. Our internet provider cannot supply us with a connection until we have our new number – and there is a ten day wait. Well that was the first rendering. My other half spending half a day on the phone has resulted in shortening those time scales a little, with luck, but only time will tell by how much. Continue reading