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Christmas is almost here, and, for a lot of people, money is tight - which can surely be the only explanation for this woman, who desperately wanted to get eyelash extensions done, but being short of cash, instead offered a pasty, her kid's shoes and £70 in fake notes.
Salon co-owner Coll Livia was clearly pretty shocked when the offer was made by the unnamed would-be-customer and, even more understandably, turned it down.
Coll says it started when the woman sent an initial message asking: "Can you do me a big favour?" the day before she was due to come in for the £35 Russian eyelash treatment.
Twenty-eight-year-old Coll who works at Bombshell Studio in Wigan, then asked what the favour was, only to be told: "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 [sic]".
Taken aback by the odd request, Coll politely declined and offered to rearrange, telling the woman: "No sorry X I'll work something out so I can squeeze you in when you have the cash xxx",
But the woman persisted and, after being told 'no' a second time, decided to sweeten the deal, adding: "Ffs I am really desperate come on luv I'll even bring u a pasty for ya dinner x [sic]".
Who could resist, eh? Well, Coll managed it and when she didn't reply, the woman continued: "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 [sic]".
And: "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 [sic]".
The woman then seemingly got annoyed at Coll's lack of response and added: "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 [sic]".
Speaking about the bizarre incident, 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 decided against replying to the message and has since the blocked the number. As you can probably imagine, the woman didn't arrive for her pre-booked appointment the following day.
However, the weird incident did give Coll and business partner Sarah Sheridan an idea and they've since decided to change their traditional 'prosecco and mince pie' festive event to a 'prosecco and pasty' one. Solid plan, I think I might go myself.
"We have plenty of paying customers so definitely don't need her custom," Coll said.
"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."
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