A tattooed barber was compared to a “prisoner” and “burger flipper” by a judgemental customer.
Macaully Eveleigh, who runs the Eveleigh Barber Co in Newton Abbot, Devon, received a negative review online.
But instead of focusing on his hairdressing skills, the customer took a swipe at his appearance.
The review, shared with DevonLive, said: "Straight forward to book considering we were on holiday, but the shop feels unfinished and my partner felt ill at ease with a tattooed face greeting him.
"Usually associated with prison, it doesn't give a good first impression, even though a book should not be judged by its cover.
"Clear he was friendly, but maybe his immaturity shows with being told to have a 'lush' day.”
The review continues: "Some hesitation to begin with from reviews; clearly supported by family and local friends, so perhaps his limited vocabulary and over-the-top enthusiasm will see him through his first year.
"Good he has trained, but can't help seeing him behind bars or as a burger flipper. Can't imagine his mother is proud of his tattoos.
"Definitely for the young and not the mature, intelligent customer."
This is the first negative review Macaully has received – and he’s disappointed that it focuses solely on “prejudice” about tattoos.
The 26-year-old said: "It is mad to think that still now in 2020 people still get prejudged for being tattooed. It didn’t even mention my barber work once, just the fact that I’m tattooed.
“Everyone, no matter how heavily tattooed, should never be judged on that alone.”
Macaully believes his tattoos are more of a help than a hindrance.
They help him to strike up conversations with his customers – from toddlers to pensioners.
He continued: "Most people are pretty cool about me having tattoos. I have them on my arms, chest, legs, fingers, face and neck.
"It's actually a good icebreaker because people ask questions about them. It's a hobby really. I work hard and it's what I enjoy spending my money on as I don't drink, smoke or do drugs.
"I've got tattoos like an anchor, moon, love heart, spider web, sun, and daisy so they are not offensive. My parents are cool about it and have some tattoos themselves.”
Macaully added: "I try and be nice to people and you have to have good communication skills to be a barber.
"I deal with all sorts of clients from the age of three up to my oldest customer who is 88, and I can hold conversations with each and every one of them. I also have a lot of children come in who are autistic and have learning difficulties, and they open up to me.
"I just want people to know prejudice still happens, and that people should not do it.
"I’m a massive supporter of mental health charity’s like The Lions Barber Collective and Andy's Man Club.
“The impact prejudging someone like this person has can really impact peoples mental health a lot. It’s so sad that it still happens today."
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