An Australian teenager was left devastated when he was denied entry to a pub on his 18th birthday, as he was told that he couldn’t come in because of his mullet hairdo.
Cooper Allin, from Perth, Australia, like all teenagers when they turn 18-years-old, was looking forward to having his first legal pint.
Yet it turned out to be a rather anti-climactic evening for Cooper as he was told that the El Grotto, based in Scarborough, was a mullet-free zone. Despite it being his birthday, no exceptions were made.
The teenager had been out with his mum and later on, wanted to keep the celebrations going on by hanging out in another pub with his mates.
The freshly turned 18-year-old told 7News: “I had one drink with my mother and then a couple of friends and I decided to head over to El Grotto.
“[The bouncer] said, ‘no mullets allowed’. I was more concerned about my pluggers [thongs/flip flops] but he wasn’t too fussed about that.”
What Cooper found the most frustrating part was that if anything, he had been more concerned about his footwear of flipflops being the issue.
He added to the news outlet that he thought it was a silly rule and that disappointingly, it did put a dampener on his special night.
He said: “I reckon it’s a bit silly I mean, it’s a mullet, heaps of people have mullets. To have one beer and get told, ‘no, you can’t come in because of your hair, was a bit devastating’.
“I wasn’t there to have a haircut, I was there to sink frothies.”
Unfortunately for Cooper, in Western Australia, it is perfectly acceptable and legal for venues to deny access to those not fitting their particular dress code.
Since Cooper has spoken out, Australian Hotels Association WA has had its say and stated that although it may have been disappointing for the teenager, the customer isn’t always right and there are certain rules for different venues that people have to abide by.
Meanwhile, a mum and daughter were left ’embarrassed’ after they were ‘told to leave supermarket for wearing crop tops’, as they were branded inappropriate for a family store.