Confiscated phone. Extra chores. No Internet. There are many ways to punish a child, but none that could compare to messing with your kids' hair.
No way, Mom!
But it was tough cookies for one 10-year-old boy who'd been acting up at school, according to the Washington Post. His mother marched the troublemaker right down to A-1 Kutz, outside Atlanta, for the "Benjamin Button Special." That's a little off the sides and all off the top—designed to make your kid resemble a balding ol' fogie. The service is offered free of charge.
A picture of this unlucky fella was uploaded to the A-1 Kutz Facebook page. It was posted with the message, "So you wanna act grown ... well now you can look grown too. The grown-up kids special by: @rusty_fred."
Russell Frederick, the co-owner of A-1 Kutz and a father of three, offers the special to anyone who wants their kid to straighten up. He told the Post that it worked when his 12-year-old son started doing poorly in school last fall. Frederick said his child's grades "dramatically skyrocketed" after the public shaming of a bad haircut.
So far, only Frederick's son and the 10-year-old have gotten the A-1 Kutz signature chop. But the barber says there has been much interest from other parents now that images of his latest Benjamin Button Special have gone viral.
"There are a few people that are saying it's emotional abuse; but on average, everyone is applauding the mother that brought the child in—and applauding me as well," Frederick told the Post.
Obviously, this type of punishment is much more traumatic for those with long hair, but Frederick said the boy whose mother brought him in for the humiliating hairdo returned in about a week to get the little man's mop in order.