British barber calls for a tax on men with beards 4 years ago

British barber calls for a tax on men with beards

In a bid to end "Hipster Beards" one UK barber is taking action...

Antony Kent, a barber and the owner of a chain of shops in the Worcester area, is officially calling for a new "beard tax" in order to "ensure fairness" between those with and without facial hair.

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Inspired by finding out that King Henry VIII had levied a similar tax five centuries ago, and after spotting a lot more beards in his shop each week, he is now taking his plans to Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osbourne.

Speaking to Worcester News, he explained:

"I noticed that people were growing beards and I was thinking - why? I just found it quite fascinating to see how the fashion has changed. I thought: 'What a good idea!' I was quite fascinated by the fact they had to carry a token with them to prove they had paid the tax."

Kent claims he is trying to highlight the ridiculous taxes imposed on his industry and that his alternative tax-raising measure will "set things straight".

"My head started whirring away and I started thinking you might be onto something here. I thought - they need to reduce the deficit, so maybe they can start taxing beards with them being so prevalent at the moment!"

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But maybe there is another motivation underlying it all, as the 48-year-old admitted that he is anti-beard. "I can't grow one to be honest - I get a bit of a goatee," he said.

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