Staff at a London salon said they had a ‘close shave’ with the North Korean Embassy earlier this week after a picture of the country’s leader was used in advertising the store’s services.
A large poster with an image of Kim Jong Un was placed in the window of M&M Hair Academy in South Ealing, West London, with the question ‘Bad hair day?’ branded across it.
Barber, Karim Nabbach, said embassy officials from the country turned up at the salon earlier this week questioning why an image of their leader was being used in the advertising campaign.
He explained: “We put up posters for an offer for men’s haircuts through the month of April. Obviously in the current news there has been this story that North Korean men are only allowed one haircut.
“We didn’t realise but the North Korean embassy is a 10-minute walk from the salon. The next day we had North Korean officials pop into the salon asking to speak to the manager.
“He (the manager) said ‘listen this isn’t North Korea, this is England, we live in a democracy so I’m afraid you’re going to have to get out of my salon’.”
The manager later contacted police in regard to the matter and was told embassy officials had also contacted the authorities yet no action was to be taken.
“We haven’t had any trouble since then, if anything the poster has become a tourist attraction,” Karim said.
A Met Police spokesperson added: “We have spoken to all parties involved and no offence has been disclosed.”
Last month it was reported that every male university student in North Korea would have to don the ‘Kim Jong Un haircut’.
Previously, males were allowed to choose from ten styles, and women had the option of 18.