A professional body piercer has warned about the risks of having your ear pierced with a gun rather than a needle.Oh, wait. She means a piercing gun.
"...you've gotta ask yourself a question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk?"
Well, it is Croydon!
Penny Burrows, who works at Time Bomb, in Croydon, said the procedure is less hygienic and can lead to infection.
Her intervention follows the news that supermarket worker Laura Scott had to seek medical treatment when her ear cartilage became swollen the day after it was pierced with gun at James Jewellery, in Church Street, Croydon.And does the gun wielder accept responsibility? Why, strangely, no...
A spokesman for the store, who identified himself as the manager, blamed Miss Scott for the infection.
He told the Advertiser: "If they [customers] don't look after it then it's their responsibility.
"It down to the customer to clean and look after it. You'd be surprised what people do with their fingers. If they are not clean the infection can spread into the ear.
"I think a lot of them don't want to pay to go to cartilage clinics. They don't want to pay for needle piercing."Urk! And indeed, eeeeeewwwww!
Naturally, Miss Burrows, being a professional needle wielder, is a bit of a (specialised) hoplophobe:
"Guns are extremely bad," said Miss Burrows. "They are not hygienic at all. It gets very frustrating when people don't understand that.
"Needles are a lot safer because everything is one use. Needles are used and they go straight in the bin, whereas you can't properly sterilise a gun.
"I stood outside one parlour in Croydon that uses guns and watched their procedures, and cross-contamination was horrific.
"There's also an issue with the studs used, which have a butterfly back and are always put on too tight.
"Sometimes I understand where a piercer is coming from when they say it's the customer's fault, because every now and again it can be.
"But a good piercer will own up if they do something wrong."But then, she would say that, wouldn't she..?