Fuming taxi driver slams Grinch officials who banned him from wearing Santa beard

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“After all it was council and government advice about wearing a mask and this was deemed acceptable so what is the difference, as you can see my eyes and the side of my face?

“I just think it’s very petty and short-sighted of the council.

“Furthermore, the size of my photo on my badge which hangs around my neck whilst driving is only visible should a customer lean in closely or request to see it, which has never happened.”

To get around the ban, Brian has coloured his normal beard with white hair spray, but complained that it “flakes badly and doesn’t last very long”.