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Last Updated: Tuesday, 30 August 2005, 12:27 GMT 13:27 UK
Store bosses in row over hairdo
The Osbournes
Sharon Osbourne (second right) advertises the stores on television
High street supermarket chain Asda has apologised after bosses ordered a worker to cover-up an "unacceptable" Sharon Osbourne-style hairdo.

Caroline Nichol, 42, from Weston- super-Mare, spent 68 on recreating the look of the reality TV guest who advertises Asda.

But managers at the town's store ordered her to wear a baseball cap.

When she refused, the mother-of-one was sent home, but bosses subsequently backed down, blaming "a mix-up".

Ms Nichol, who has been employed by Asda for two years, accused the store of "double standards".

'Bit of a mix-up'

An Asda spokeswoman said: "In our guidelines we do ask for our workers to have natural-looking hair. If you have blue or green, or in this case red hair, we would ask our employee to wear a hat.

"The manager felt her hairstyle was unacceptable but we now realise it was a bit of a mix-up.

"He has dyed his hair red for a day to embarrass him a bit and he admits he made a mistake."

But Mrs Nichol has refused to return to the store and ignored pleas from staff to come back.

Sharon Osbourne, the wife of pop star Ozzy, has fronted the chain's 7m TV advertising campaign since February.




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