If a barber accidentally gives someone a bad haircut, causing them to miss a meeting and contract, can the person sue for damages?


Yes, they could sue either for breach of contract or under the tort of negligence. If they succeed, they would be entitled to either a) a refund or b) another haircut.

They would not be entitled to damages for "miss a meeting and contract" as these are not foreseeable results of a bad haircut. That is, the barber's negligence is not sufficiently proximate to the loss.

  • What if you ask the barber to do a good job; that a certain amount of money depends on it.
    – jqning
    Oct 26 '15 at 14:59
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    @jqning Asking the barber to do a good job is an admission that you understand that a bad haircut is possible. I could even argue that it implies that a bad haircut is probable! A good job should be assumed, not requested. That will ruin your case. If it's that important, get your hair cut by someone you KNOW will do a good job.
    – Mohair
    Oct 26 '15 at 19:41

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