'Negligent' stylist snipped off part of ear, says writ
A salon customer lost more than he expected when he took up the offer of a free haircut, a writ claimed yesterday.
Ng Koon-man says a piece of his right ear was missing by the time the stylist had finished.
He has launched a damages action claiming he has been disfigured and has suffered great mental stress.
He accuses the hairdresser of 'negligently performing a haircut at a speed which was excessive in the circumstances'.
Mr Ng says the stylist failed to keep a proper lookout and 'failed to take adequate precautions when applying the scissors to ensure his ear would not be harmed'.
The customer was left bleeding profusely after a 1.4cm by 3-4mm piece of ear was sliced off, the High Court writ says.
Mr Ng targets hairdresser Ringo Lee and the proprietors of the Sea Wave Hair Saloon, City Plaza, Taikoo Shing, in the legal action.
The writ says he accepted the offer of a haircut as a 'treat' from the company, Sea Wave Hair Design (T. K.) Ltd, on February 13, 1996.
Mr Ng says the company is guilty of negligence by failing to ensure a proper hair stylist gave him the haircut.
The writ also alleges that the company did not take effective measures to prevent his ear from being injured.