Staff at a hairdressers in Montrose felt “threatened” by a man who took exception to a vintage fur stole featured in their window display.
Workers at the 3Sixty salon, Murray Street, say a man entered the premises and told them they had 24 hours to remove the 100-year-old fox fur from their eye-catching display.
It features a skirt made from wigs, a tartan bodice and had the animal fur draped around its shoulder and a stoat fur around its waist, both of which belonged to a member of staff’s great-grandmother.
The salon has removed the stole and stoat from the window because employees felt “frightened” after the threat.
The man went into the hairdressers on more than one occasion on Friday, January 15, at 5pm and again the following Wednesday, January 20.
He is described as being in his 50s, of medium build and six feet in height. He has dark hair and was wearing a dark-coloured tammy, thick set glasses, a light cagoule and had a black rucksack over his shoulder with a white motif.
Dawn Kerr, owner of 3Sixty, said: “I was away to shut the shop on the Friday night when he came in. I just knew it wasn’t going to be good. I asked my client who was still in the shop to stay.
“He said, ‘I’ve come to ask you to take down the fox fur in the window, It’s upsetting people in the town’.
“I said, ‘thank you for coming in with your views’ and he left.
“I felt threatened and intimidated.
“I ‘phoned the police who told me he wasn’t breaking the law and I wasn’t breaking the law either and I can do what I want in my own shop.
“One day he just stood outside the salon, making his presence known and shaking his head.
“He came back another day when I wasn’t in and spoke to one of my colleagues and said, ‘you have 24 hours to take it down or else’.
“She ‘phoned me and I ‘phoned the police who came out to get a statement.
“It is a vintage piece that belongs to one of my colleagues. It was her great-grandmother’s.
“The thing I’m really angry about is I don’t believe in fox hunting. I would never have used it if I had found out the animal had been killed recently.
“I took it down because I was frightened. We didn’t know if he was going to target us or the shop. I felt vulnerable.
“There are ways to put your point across and that wasn’t it.
“My intention was never to upset people, it was just an artistic display. We change the window feature every month. This month it celebrates Rabbie Burns and that’s why it has the tartan bodice.
“No one else has complained to us about it. We have people stopping outside the shop who wave at us and take photos with the display.
“No one should feel intimidated in their place of work, or their home for that matter.
“You just don’t know what people are capable of in this day and age that we live in.”
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: ”We are appealing for information in order to trace and identify a male involved in a suspicious incident in Murray Street, Montrose on Friday, January 15.
“A shop owner in Murray Street was approached by a male at 5pm on Friday, January 15.
‘‘He entered the shop and challenged the member of staff about a window display which he felt was ‘upsetting’.
“He returned to the same shop a further two times, challenging different staff members on each occasion.’’
If you have any information that would assist with this enquiry speak to a local officer or contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 118 - 21/01/16.