Cut your speed! Cheeky barber dons hi-vis jacket and uses hairdryer as radar gun to trick speeding motorists
- Paul Johnson, 51, tricks drivers into thinking his hairdryer is a radar gun
- He initially performed the prank for just a few minutes but now does it regularly
A cheeky barber is turning up the heat on speeding motorists – by giving them the hairdryer treatment.
Paul Johnson decided to take action after becoming concerned about drivers failing to slow down on a one-way system outside his shop.
Between customers, he dons a high-vis jacket and stands on the pavement, where he points his hairdryer at traffic, tricking drivers into thinking it’s a radar gun.
The father-of-three, 51, initially performed the prank for just a few minutes – but was shocked when passing cars began slowing down.
He said it was such a success he has continued to repeat the trick on a regular basis.
Cheeky barber Paul Johnson, 51, tricks drivers into thinking his hairdryer is a speed gun
The father-of-three tricks drivers into slowing down between customers at his shop (pictured) in Northwich, Cheshire
Mr Johnson, who has worked as a barber for 37 years, said he has even received requests to bring his hairdryer to fool speeding drivers on other roads nearby.
He revealed the prank came as a result of larking about with one of his stylists.
Mr Johnson, whose shop is in Northwich, Cheshire, said: ‘The idea came about from one of our stylists called Lee.
‘He’s going on holiday to France soon and you need to have a hi-vis jacket in your car in France in case you break down.
‘I decided to try one of them on and I just stood outside messing around, pointing the hairdryer at cars and everyone was slowing down and looking at me.’
The barber said there are usually ‘quite a few speeding drivers’ on the 30mph road outside.
He said when motorists realise they have been tricked, they usually take it in good humour.
He said: ‘They all just start laughing and beeping their horns.’
One motorist who had a ‘brush with the law’ thanks to Mr Johnson’s prank was Kyle Dunne, who had driven past the salon on his motorbike.
Paul Johnson, 51, (pictured) now dons his hi-vis jacket and performs the prank regularly
The prankster said the idea for the trick came as a result of larking about with one of his stylists at his barber shop (pictured) in Northwitch, Cheshire
Mr Dunne believed the barber was holding a real radar speed gun and immediately slowed down fear of getting points on his licence.
The 31-year-old said: ‘I slowed down to 20mph. I have six points on my license on my motorbike so I have to be careful these days.
‘I kept looking down at my dash to check and I was only doing 20mph and I didn’t know what was wrong.
‘And then he turned the hairdryer to the side, so I could see what it was, and I just burst out laughing – I knew I’d been pranked.’
But Mr Dunne, the owner of a car body repair and paintwork business, added: ‘I think it was a very good idea as it makes people aware of what they are doing without any consequences – and a bit of fun as well.’
To make up for his cheeky prank, Mr Johnson tracked down Mr Dunne on Facebook and has offered him a free haircut.
Mr Johnson, who has been praised on social media, added: ‘It’s just good and a bit of advertising for the business in a way.
‘Some people have asked me to go and stand around other parts of town and do fake speed recording there.’
Commenting on a photograph of Mr Johnson posing with the ‘speed gun’ hairdryer, one Facebook user said: ‘Well done, Paul. Why don’t others think of that?’