Bury St Edmunds hair salon Ooh La La in Risbygate Street warns other businesses in the town after woman leaves without paying
The owner of a town centre hair salon has issued a warning to other businesses after a woman left without paying for a £160 treatment.
Speaking this morning Emily Curtis, owner of Ooh La La which opened in Bury St Edmunds in February, said the incident yesterday has taken her trust away.
The woman, who came into the salon yesterday afternoon (Thursday, November 16), was asked to pay for her hair treatment but she said her card wasn’t working properly and needed to go to her car to get another card.
On the request of the staff at the salon, the woman left her bag behind and said she would be back in two minutes – however did not return.
When the team at Ooh La La looked inside the bag they found it still had tags on and was empty.
Emily said when she realised the woman would not be coming back she felt shocked, adding: “I didn’t think anyone would do something like that.”
“We want it to get out there so people in Bury know. We don’t want any other businesses to be targeted in the run up to Christmas,” added Emily, who explained that all the staff at her salon are self-employed.
She continued: “The girls always work so hard to give their clients the best service they can.
“This has taken my trust away.”
Since posting about the incident on the salon’s Facebook page Emily has been overwhelmed with messages with some members of the community even baking cakes to cheer them all up.
Emily said: “It shows how amazing Bury is, it is a small town but so connected.”
Ooh La La have put out an appeal on their Facebook page.
Suffolk Police said: “Police have received report of an incident of theft from a hair salon in Bury St Edmunds, where a woman left without paying for the services provided.
“Anyone with information should contact police quoting 37/66789/23.”