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Bad Hair Day, But for Whom? Defendant’s Unusual Do Banned from Traffic Court Despite Tone-Down

Posted Dec 13, 2010 5:44 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Bobby Todd normally includes ornaments and lights amongst his signature hairdo of braids and spiked pony tails at this time of year, in honor of the holiday season.

But on Friday, because he was headed to traffic court in Southaven, Miss., he didn't. However, even the toned-down do (which still featured two ponytails sticking straight up over his head) didn't set well with a court bailiff. The court officer told him that he had to leave because of how his hair looked before his case was called, Todd tells WREG-TV.

"It shouldn't be a problem at all. I'm going in there to conduct business," says Todd, who is also featured in a video linked to the article. "You got people murdering, killing doing all kinds of stuff and you wanna pinpoint my hair. I just think it's wrong."

Court officials declined to comment. There is a dress code posted at the court. But, while it bans attire such as halter tops and shorts, it is silent on the subject of hair, the article says.

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