When I was younger (okay, when I was much younger), I used to enjoy my regular visits to McDonald's. I was especially fond of the iconic Quarter Pounder with Cheese (or as fans of the film Pulp Fiction may recall its name in France, a Royal Cheese).

As much as I enjoyed McDonald's in my youth, there is no way that I considered having my hair cut in any way, shape, or form that would indicate my personal burger joint preference. While I may not have considered that option, it seems that there is a new hairstyle sweeping the UK: Meet Me at McDonald's, and it's causing quite a bit of controversy.

According to news reports, Charter Academy in Great Yarmouth has sent out a notice to parents that any boy sporting haircut "variations on the style often known as Meet Me at McDonald's" (no one seems to know where the name came from) will be sent home or put in detention. Apparently girls aren't subject to the ban.

The Sun describes this controversial haircut as, "a tousled, permed mop, short sides and a floppy fringe"

I personally think the cut looks more like an unruly poodle.

But Charter Academy didn't just ban the Meet Me at McDonald's cut for boys -- it also banned a handful of other styles, including:

  • Noticeably longer tops that are not layered in and combined with sharply contrasting sides and back.
  • Overgrown, heavy fringes brushed forward onto the face
  • High top styles of excessive height
  • Shaven parting lines
  • Hair that is teased to give excessive height
  • Any variation on a Mohican hairstyle

One parent was quoted outside the school saying, "It seems to us to be a bit silly. I don't understand how having a haircut affects a child's learning," while another said, "To be quite fair [the principal is] only implementing stuff that was bog standard when we were at school."

The good news is that this new McDonald's hairstyle has not yet made it across the pond to the United States. If it one day does, there's not telling the pandemonium that is sure to be unleashed.