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Saturday 21 September 2019

Woman spared jail after failing to pay for 'orange' hairdo

Edel Vesey (31) paid €240 in compensation to the salon. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
Edel Vesey (31) paid €240 in compensation to the salon. Photo: Colin O’Riordan

A beauty salon customer who absconded without paying for a hairdo, claiming her hair had been left bright orange, has been spared jail and a criminal conviction.

College graduate Edel Vesey (31) left without paying for the treatment, maintaining her hair had been ruined by stylists.

Judge John Hughes applied the Probation Act after she paid €240 to the salon - including the original cost of the €130 treatment.

Vesey, of Clonmore Villas, Ballybough, had denied making off without paying for services, but was found guilty following a trial at Dublin District Court.

She had been warned she faced two months in jail if she did not pay the compensation.

When her case came before the court, barrister Gillian Finane said Vesey had the money in court.

Judge Hughes noted an earlier court order and applied the Probation Act.

Previously, the court heard the incident happened at Nabella Hair and Beauty, Dorset Street, on September 21, 2017.

Delighted

The owner said Vesey had come and asked for a wash, cut and highlights. She paid a €10 deposit on the €130 price, giving her phone number and the name Michelle O'Connor.

After the treatment, she was shown the back and sides and was "quite happy," and "delighted", the owner said.

When it came time to pay, Vesey said she had forgotten her wallet and that she had to get it from her car.

The owner said Vesey told her: "I'm going to get my purse. I'm not that kind of bad person, I will pay you, I'm a good girl. I am not running away."

After she left, she sent a text message saying she was not happy with her hair. The owner offered further treatment but she did not return.

Vesey claimed she told staff she was not happy with her hair because it was "bright orange and all patchy. It was ridiculous looking". She claimed the three salon workers locked the door, were "surrounding" her, and she "panicked" and said she had to leave to get her wallet.

The trial judge said an "after" picture taken by Vesey looked very different to one taken in the salon.

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