A mum has called for new rules regarding which hairstyles are allowed in cinemas after a recent trip to the pictures ended in tears.
Ellie Hensby, from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, took her children to see Frozen 2 at the Vue Cinema in Meadowhall on 2 January.
But their post-Christmas trip was ruined, as the 28-year-old mum says she was left with ‘absolutely no chance’ of seeing anything when she sat behind a ‘giant with a huge bun’.
Taking to social media to vent her frustration, Ellie hit out at her fellow film-goer and demanded that the cinema chain should bring in stringent new rules, banning certain hairstyles.
Addressing the cinema, her post read: “Had the pleasure of viewing this lady’s head and hair yesterday whilst my kids watched Frozen 2!
“Surely there’s got to be a policy on how people should wear their hair when they come to the pictures? And you need more height between your seats!
“A small person with a giant with a double head in front of them has absolutely no chance of seeing anything in your cinemas.”
Despite her anger, however, many of those who commented on the irate post pointed out that enforcing a hairstyle policy in cinemas wasn’t practical.
One person said: “You can’t tell someone how to wear their hair. Granted it wasn’t a sensible style for the cinema, but come on.”
Another added: “Can’t refuse someone in the cinema because of a hair style. The way you took the picture doesn’t do it any justice as it’s not an eye-level picture.”
When asked by people online whether she had confronted the big-haired viewer, Ellie said the woman ‘looked stressed’ and she didn’t want to upset her further.
She said: “I didn’t [say anything], she was already stressed from her kids jumping and climbing all over the seats.
“I didn’t want to make her any more stressed out than she already was.
Ellie added: “If this post makes at least one person think twice about going to the pictures with a bun as big as their head on top of their head then I would say this post has done a bit of good.”
Speaking about the incident, the mum said it ruined her experience.
Ellie said: “I had to sit extremely uncomfortably just so I could see some of the film, so I was really annoyed that someone would wear their hair like that and not consider how it would affect the person sat behind them.
“It could have been a child sat in my seat and they wouldn’t have stood a chance of seeing any of the film at all. I think people just need to be more considerate towards others and not only care about how they look.
“That’s why I complained – to make others aware that if you wear such a huge hairstyle to the pictures you’re likely to hinder someone’s view and that’s just not fair.”
Vue declined to comment on the story.