Piers Morgan launched into a rant slamming a government official who chastised a Stroud hairdresser for ‘discriminating against unhappy people’ in her job advert.
Alison Birch, who runs AJ’s Unisex hair salon in Stroud, appeared on Piers’ show, Good Morning Britain, this morning (Tuesday) after being penalised for asking for a ‘happy, friendly stylist’ in a job ad.
Mum of three Alison, 54, who has run her salon for 20 years, was amazed when an official at the local job centre said she could not stipulate happiness as a required quality for a new employee.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain this morning, Alison said: “We just put a very basic advert with the job centre, saying we were looking for a part-time stylist, must be unisex, and I just put that we were a very friendly, happy salon. So if there was any happy, friendly stylists available, please come and join us.”
However a government official said that unless she changed the word ‘happy’, she wouldn’t be able to run the advert as it was discrimination.
A spokesman for Department of Work and Pensions has since said it was a human error, and will now allow the ad.
“This is the stuff of madness, Alison,” Piers said.
He added: “Common sense won in the end, but imagine, imagine having to ring somebody up and saying ‘I’m very sorry but the word happy is discriminatory against unhappy people’.
“Why did you not think about the hurt and shame you were pouring onto happy people who now can’t apply for that job?! Did you think about that?! Did you?! “How unhappy do you have to be to make that call?,” he added.