My 401(k) is 'Shorn' so Take Some off the Top

February 18, 2009 ( - Now the distance between the value of your 401(k) before the recession and what it is now can translate into "a little off the top" - literally.

The Web site reports that a Minneapolis hair salon is now offering to take a percentage off customer’s bills based on how much the customer’s 401(k) has tanked in recent months – up to half off.

The Web site said John Charles, who owns The John Charles Salon and his business partner, Craig Weitz, came up with the idea.

Customers only need to bring a 401(k) statement or some other way to prove their account balance loss and the cashier will deduct the amount from the bill.