Things get hairy for London barbers who put up Kim Jong Un sign – CNN

Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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A photo released by the North Korean Central News Agency on Thursday, January 23, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspecting a North Korean army unit during a winter drill.A photo released by the North Korean Central News Agency on Thursday, January 23, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspecting a North Korean army unit during a winter drill.
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Kim visits an army unit in this undated photo. Kim visits an army unit in this undated photo.
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A North Korean soldier, near Sinuiju, gestures to stop photographers from taking photos on Saturday, April 6. A North Korean soldier, near Sinuiju, gestures to stop photographers from taking photos on Saturday, April 6.
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North Korean soldiers patrol near the Yalu River on April 4.North Korean soldiers patrol near the Yalu River on April 4.
Kim is briefed by his generals in this undated photo. On the wall is a map titled "Plan for the strategic forces to target mainland U.S." Kim is briefed by his generals in this undated photo. On the wall is a map titled “Plan for the strategic forces to target mainland U.S.”
Kim works during a briefing in this undated photo.Kim works during a briefing in this undated photo.
In this KNCA photo, Kim inspects naval drills at an undisclosed location on North Korea's east coast on Monday, March 25.In this KNCA photo, Kim inspects naval drills at an undisclosed location on North Korea’s east coast on Monday, March 25.
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Kim Jong Un visits the Rungna People's Pleasure Ground, under construction in Pyongyang, in a photo released in July 2012 by the KNCA.Kim Jong Un visits the Rungna People’s Pleasure Ground, under construction in Pyongyang, in a photo released in July 2012 by the KNCA.
A crowd watches as statues of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung and his son Kim Jong Il are unveiled during a ceremony in Pyongyang in April 2012.A crowd watches as statues of North Korean founder Kim Il Sung and his son Kim Jong Il are unveiled during a ceremony in Pyongyang in April 2012.
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A military vehicle participates in a parade in Pyongyang in April 2012.A military vehicle participates in a parade in Pyongyang in April 2012.
North Koreans wave flags in front of portraits of Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il during celebrations to mark the 100th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang in April 2012.North Koreans wave flags in front of portraits of Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il during celebrations to mark the 100th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung in Pyongyang in April 2012.
North Korean soldiers relax at the end of an official ceremony attended by leader Kim Jong Un at a stadium in Pyongyang in April 2012.North Korean soldiers relax at the end of an official ceremony attended by leader Kim Jong Un at a stadium in Pyongyang in April 2012.
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North Korean soldiers march during a military parade in Pyongyang in April 2012.North Korean soldiers march during a military parade in Pyongyang in April 2012.
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North Korean soldiers salute during a military parade in Pyongyang in April 2012.North Korean soldiers salute during a military parade in Pyongyang in April 2012.
North Korean soldiers listen to a speech during an official ceremony attended by leader Kim Jong Un at a stadium in Pyongyang in April 2012.North Korean soldiers listen to a speech during an official ceremony attended by leader Kim Jong Un at a stadium in Pyongyang in April 2012.
Members of a North Korean military band gather following an official ceremony at the Kim Il Sung stadium in Pyongyang in April 2012.Members of a North Korean military band gather following an official ceremony at the Kim Il Sung stadium in Pyongyang in April 2012.
North Korean military personnel watch a performance in Pyongyang in April 2012.North Korean military personnel watch a performance in Pyongyang in April 2012.
A North Korean controller is seen along the railway line between the Pyongyang and North Pyongan provinces in April 2012.A North Korean controller is seen along the railway line between the Pyongyang and North Pyongan provinces in April 2012.
A North Korean military honor guard stands at attention at Pyongyang's airport in May 2001.A North Korean military honor guard stands at attention at Pyongyang’s airport in May 2001.

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London (CNN) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s hair is no laughing matter. Not for the country’s embassy employees in London, at least.

Chalk it up to British humor when London barbers hung a poster in their shop of Kim and his signature hairstyle: a longer top, with the sides of his head shaved.

The barbers don’t consider that cut too appealing. So they used Kim’s hair to try to drum up business for their M&M Hair Academy.

“Having a bad hair day?” asks the sign, which features an image of Kim. “15% off all men’s haircuts through the month of April from Tuesday to Thursday.”

The day after the sign went up, two men in suits entered the barber shop and confronted the manager, according to the manager’s son, Karim Nabbach, 26.

The two men weren’t laughing. They told manager Mo Nabbach, “We are North Koreans, and that is our leader on your poster,” Karim Nabbach said.

The two men apparently worked at the nearby North Korean Embassy.

Mo Nabbach refused to give his name and told them to get a lawyer if they had a problem. He asked them to leave. The manager then reported the incident to police in case anything happened to his shop, Karim Nabbach said.

Police acknowledged the dispute between the North Koreans and the barbers over what is — and isn’t — bad hair. They even looked into the matter, but they found no crime.

“We have spoken to all parties involved, and no offence has been disclosed,” a spokesman for Scotland Yard said.

Calls to the North Korean Embassy in London for comment went unanswered.

CNN’s Lindsay Isaac and Carol Jordan contributed to this report from London. Michael Martinez wrote from Los Angeles.



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