Waitress laid off for bald charity haircut

June 6, 2008 at 8:21 AM
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OWEN SOUND, Ontario, June 6 (UPI) -- A waitress in Owen Sound, Ontario, was laid off her job for having her head shaved almost bald to raise money for cancer research.

Stacey Fearnall, 36, raised $2,700 in pledges for a Cops for Cancer fundraiser May 31, and had a thick head of red hair cut back to a near boot camp length.

When she showed up for her part-time job at Nathaniel's Restaurant earlier this week, her bosses weren't happy, the Toronto Star reported from the city 70 miles northwest of Toronto.

"They looked at me disgusted," Fearnall said, adding she had mentioned her plans to the bosses in April, and they didn't seem pleased, but said nothing more.

Fearnall was told to take the summer off without pay until her hair grew back, she said.

She has another part-time job at Annan Way Garden Nursery, and owner Pat Brooking told the Star her job was secure.

"We're 100 percent behind her -- and anyway, she looks kind of cute," Brooking said.

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