'Something for the weekend, sir'? Northampton barbershop revives free condom trend

Owner, Jake Hillery.
Owner, Jake Hillery.

Clients wanting a weekend trim can now opt for something a little extra at a Northampton salon as they bring back a euphemistic code, long forgotten about in today's barber shops.

As well as a short back and sides, Jake Hillery, owner of The Quarters Barbershop & Shave Parlour in St James has now decided to start handing out free condoms to clients, who might feel a little awkward about popping into a chemist before a romantic weekend rendezvous.

The owner, who has been cutting hair in St James since April 2016, said he thought it would be a great idea to promote safe sex.

He said: "It might sound odd, however, we have had a lot of young clients come in over time joking but also feeling ashamed about a visit to the clinic, being treated for Chlamydia and other STDs.

"So I thought it would be a great idea to hand condoms out for free to promote safe sex.

"Apparently, all of the old barber shops used to do this so we all thought it would be a great idea."

Back in March, The Quarters Barbershops in both Northampton and Wellingborough was told to stop handing out beer to their customers - as an alternative to a hot drink - by environmental health.

Now, in a turn of events, Jake has decided that instead of handing out beer, that the barbershop would hand out condoms to punters instead.