Hair Salon Had To Remove Job Ad For ‘Happy’ Stylist Because It Is ‘Discriminatory’ Against Unhappy People

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Is this what the world has come too?

The ad stated: “This is a busy, friendly, small salon, so only happy, friendly stylist need apply”

Alison Birch at her AJ’s Unisex Hair Salon in Stroud, Gloucestershire. (SWNS)

A hair salon says it was told by a job center it couldn’t run an advertisement recruiting a “happy” stylist because the word is “discriminatory” against unhappy people.

Alison Birch posted a job ad looking for a part-time qualified hairdresser at her AJ’s Unisex Hair Salon in Stroud, England,.

The position called for someone with five years’ experience of working in a salon, who is “confident in barbering as well as all aspects of hairdressing.”

And the advertisement stated, “This is a busy, friendly, small salon, so only happy, friendly stylists need apply.”

A few days after the ad was posted, Birch says she received a call from her local job center informing her they could not run her ad because the word “happy” is considered “discriminatory.”


The job center stated that the ad makes some people feel like they can’t apply for the job, if they are not ‘happy’.

She claims the man at the job center said to her: “I’m sorry, but the word happy is a discriminatory word and we aren’t allowed to use it, as somebody who is not happy will be discriminated against.”

According to Birch, he then asked: “Should we change the word in case somebody thinks that they can’t apply for the job because they are not a happy person?”

Many of Birch’s friends and customers have expressed their thoughts on the issue. 

Karen Evans commented: “The world has gone absolutely mad.”

Does this mean that every descriptive word is discriminative… happy, tall, smart, elegant? Good luck with your search.

Julie Thickins added: “I thought this was a joke, realizing it clearly isn’t has left me absolutely speechless… what has the human race come to?