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Salons that would make your hair curl

HAIRDRESSING heavies forced a high school student into a salon where she was charged 500 yuan (US$77) for a cut and style she hadn't wanted.

The student, surnamed Wu, told a radio program yesterday she was recently stopped on Jiujiang Road, near Nanjing Road, while walking home from school. "One man stood in my way," said Wu. "I tried to run away but was stopped by a second man."

The men, believed to be hired by the salon, frogmarched Wu into the store, despite her telling them that she didn't have much money.

"Let's just finish the cut and style first then we'll go back to the money," Wu was told by a member of staff.

However, after having her hair cut, Wu was confronted by staff.

The salon asked for 500 yuan and told Wu to leave her watch as security and return with the cash, she said.

City industry and commerce authorities were alerted, and a law enforcement team went to the scene. The salon was fined 10,000 yuan.

An official, surnamed Hu, with the industry and commerce administration, warned consumers to be wary of approaches from salon staff and alert police if a salon uses heavy tactics.

Hu said it's sometimes difficult to collect proof in such cases, but the practice is not uncommon in the city.

Earlier this month, police raided a spa venue in Songjiang District and took away 24 suspects.

Officers investigated more than 60 cases at the spa involving at least 1 million yuan where customers were duped into entering and then coerced into buying services.

Most victims were young women, police said. They were enticed by the promise of free services, then forced to pay high sums for treatments.


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