Offbeat News: A Massive Spider, Stupid Criminals & More

“The Gender Hair Gap”

A men’s barber shop owner is being sued after refusing to cut a girl’s hair. Sam Rahim claims he’s not qualified to cut women’s hair at his Sydney barber shop, but the girl’s lawyer mother feels his refusal was an act of discrimination.

“I refused politely,” says Rahim. “I explained I’m not qualified to cut women’s or girls’ hair. I’ve never done it, but she kept pressing me, saying I should just do it. I told her there are three women’s hair salons within a minute’s walk, but she became angry and stormed out.”

Of course, the mother has a different account of what happened.

“The basis of the claim is that the barber shop refused to simply run the clippers through my daughter’s undercut, because she was a girl,” she says. “I indicated to him that I did not need him to style, cut, or trim the rest of her hair, which is styled in a ‘bob.’ Mr. Rahim’s explanation was that he wished to keep his barber shop for boys and men only. He never said he was not qualified to cut women or girls’ hair, as he has incorrectly reported to the media.”

And while she also claims her daughter was embarrassed by the incident, Rahim feels she would’ve been more embarrassed if he touched her hair. The Instagram page for Hunters Hill Barber is flooded with comments calling the case a “joke” and going on how the shop is for men. The case is set to be heard in two weeks.

“Beef at Beefeater”

A woman in Wales is fuming after being banned by a local restaurant. Apparently, Kelly Smith regularly visits Beefeater with her son, but managers would rather she not considering she complains about her meals all the time.

Does she? Well, yes… Smith has admitted to complaining a handful of times in the last couple months, but the restaurant has been keeping track. They say her most recent complaints include her steak being undercooked, one time her son’s burger was “too tough for him to enjoy,” and on another occasion she had to wait more than an hour for her meal.

Smith says she kept returning, despite the food mishaps because of the “welcoming” staff. Beefeater notes that she’s complained six out of the last seven times she visited so they’ve banned her via letter.

“Keeping tabs on me is outrageous,” Smith says. “I don’t understand why no one spoke to me, rather than just banning me from the restaurant.”

Either way, the restaurant’s owners have apologized to Smith in the statement for not being able to meet her “requirements in terms of the food quality and level of service provided,” and maintain that they’d like her to “kindly refrain” from returning to the shop.

“Protect (from Spiders) & Serve”

A Michigan resident called police earlier this month for help killing an intruder. The unlikely suspect? A spider. Police were in fact dispatched to the home, but the caller was informed that killing a spider is not a job for police and the call is considered misuse of the emergency system. Further unnecessary calls could lead to an arrest or even worse jail time. For the record, the spider had disappeared upon the officer’s arrival.


  • Kristina Hoefs had applied for a job with the New Hampshire County jail, which eventually led to her arrest. Wokers noticed she was wanted on an outstanding charge in Maine for a theft-related offense and was taken into custody after review of her application. Doesn’t look like she’ll be getting the job.
  • A man in Louisiana has been arrested for using fake Benjamins at Burlington Coat Factory. According to police, Jesse Galarza had used 100-dollar-bills labeled “for Movie Production Purposes” only. He’s been arrested on charges of monetary instrument abuse and theft and on an outstanding warrant for introduction of contraband into a penal institution and possession of synthetic cannabinoids.

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