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Aussie Teen Devastated After Being Refused Entry To Pub On 18th Birthday For Having A Mullet

Aussie Teen Devastated After Being Refused Entry To Pub On 18th Birthday For Having A Mullet

When you turn 18, the first thing you want to do is either legally buy alcohol from a bottle shop or head to the pub for your first legal drink.

But imagine getting all excited for the big day, only to be told that you can't come in because of your hairdo.

Perth teenager Cooper Allin was out with his mum on the night he legally became an adult in Australia and wanted the celebrations to keep going.

So, he headed to another pub with his mates, but was stopped at the door and told that El Grotto in Scarborough was a mullet-free zone.

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Cooper with his mum before being denied at another pub. Credit: 7News
Cooper with his mum before being denied at another pub. Credit: 7News

Speaking to 7News Perth, the freshly turned 18-year-old said: "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."

Cooper said the incident put a big dampener on the night, adding: "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.

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Credit: 7News
Credit: 7News

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"I wasn't there to have a haircut, I was there to sink frothies."

In Western Australia, it's perfectly legal for venues to have a dress code, meaning Cooper's cries will sadly not result in anything; not even a sorry.

Sadly, Australian Hotels Association WA says the customer isn't always right when it comes to this situation and everyone has to abide by the different rules of different venues.

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Cooper isn't the only person to have faced this type of discrimination.

Jed was stopped from walking into several Brisbane bars because of the hairstyle. Credit: Channel 9
Jed was stopped from walking into several Brisbane bars because of the hairstyle. Credit: Channel 9

Jed Gadsby told A Current Affair that he was barred from walking into several Brisbane bars because he was rocking the legendary hairstyle.

When asked what he thought of the decision to turn him away, the Queenslander certainly didn't mince his words.

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"To turn someone away because of their haircut, it's pretty un-Australian I think," he told the Channel 9 programme.

"Just thought it was pretty average, hey. I won't cut off my mullet just to go out and have a drink with my mates."

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Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.