A desperate customer offered a beautician fake cash, her child’s trainers and a PASTY in exchange for fake eyelashes – before branding her ‘disgusting’ when she refused to accept the bizarre bribes.
Salon co-owner Coll Livia was begged by the unnamed customer to accept her offers in exchange for £35 Russian lash treatment at Bombshell Studio in Wigan, Greater Mancheser.
Mum-of-one Coll, 28, declined the offer before being bombarded with texts branding her ‘disgusting’ and sniping ‘it’s not like you need the money’.
Coll, from St Helens, Merseyside, said: “I was shocked when I saw the messages. She’s being serious, it’s 100 per cent brazen.
“I would obviously never take fake money, I want paying in real money.
“We do get people that ask can we do treatments on tic [on credit]. You wouldn’t take a basket of clothes to a till and ask for that without paying, it’s ridiculous.
“Since I shared the messages about this different people have been in touch and it sounds like she’s been trying it on at beauty salons round Wigan.
“I shouldn’t have been surprised as you wouldn’t believe the messages we get as a business when it comes to paying, it’s horrendous.
“We had someone in a few weeks back who ‘forgot’ their money and the boyfriend offered to give us his Rolex watch.
“It obviously wasn’t real you could tell as it was off-gold, that’s the kind of stuff we deal with.
“We never did get the money for that treatment.”
The exchange reads:
Customer: “Iya Coll luv can you do me a big favour x”
Coll: “Go on xxx”
Customer: “Me fellas not been paid today and I am desperate for my app tomos luv if I pay u in fake notes and give u double wud u mind so u would be getting double the money we av loads x”
Coll: “No sorry X I’ll work something out so I can squeeze you in when you have the cash xxx”
Customer: “Pls luv x”
Coll: “I can’t sorry chick xxx”
Customer: “Ffs I am really desperate come on luv I’ll even bring u a pasty for ya dinner x”
Customer: “Got some nice trainers as well from b&m u can take for ur little en she will look lovely in them they av never been worn x"
Customer: “Only got them yesterday or I can give u receipt an y can get the cash back of them and I’ll owe u next time x"
Customer: “Disgusting not even bothering to reply to me it’s not like u need the money even offered u my kids trainers for your little one won’t bother in future x”
Coll said: “There’s no way I was taking fake notes so by the time the later messages came in I was ignoring her.
“Five minutes later she said about bringing me a pasty to work – Wiganers love a pasty – and then messaged me about trainers for my little girl.
“I would never put my daughter in B&M trainers.
“I didn’t actually notice I’d got the last message until I was coming into the salon telling a client about it and reading it out to her.
“Then I saw she’d sent me a bit of an abusive message. I had to look at my phone twice then the first thing I did was screenshot it and sent it to my business partner Sarah.
“I just thought ‘I don’t think so hun.”
Coll didn’t reply to the last message and has since blocked the number. The customer didn’t arrive for her pre-booked appointment on Friday morning.
Coll said: “Thank god she didn’t turn up at 9.30am as planned, we would have had to turn her away.
“She’s been here three or four times before but she won’t be coming back.
“If she would have messaged me and explained she had no money I would have been quite lenient with her, but admitting to having fake notes is bad.”
The business owner quipped that if the woman had suggested a different snack she may have been tempted by the offer.
Coll joked: “If she’d have brought me a cheese butty from Galloways that might have swung it.”
Coll and 34-year-old co-owner Sarah Sheridan are now planning to tweak their festive ‘prosecco and mince pie’ event to a ‘prosecco and pasty’ celebration to commemorate the bizarre proposal.
Coll said: “We have plenty of paying customers so definitely don’t need her custom.
“Since I posted about what happened I’ve received multiple offers from people offering to buy me a pasty.
“We had originally organised a prosecco and mince pie event but now we’re having a pasty party with prosecco.”
The pasty and prosecco events will start on December 18 and run through to December 23.
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