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Video: Officer helps homeless man shave beard for job

A homeless man said he needed to be clean-shaven to get hired at a McDonald’s, so one officer stepped in and helped


By Police1 Staff

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida police officer is being praised for helping a homeless man who said he needed to shave his beard to get a job.

On Sunday, Tallahassee Officer Tony Carlson saw a homeless man struggling as he tried to shave his beard outside a gas station, the Tallahassee Democrat reported. The man, identified as Phil, didn’t have a mirror and was having trouble with the razor.

Phil told the officer he applied for a job at a McDonald’s and needed to be clean-shaven to get hired. So, Carlson tightened a screw on the razor and shaved the man’s beard for him.

My brother just videoed this at Circle K on Thomasville road in Tallahassee. They heard someone say he was starting a new job tomorrow. Great job TPD.

Posted by Michael Wallenfelsz on Sunday, July 22, 2018

“If he’s wanting to help himself, I need to be more than helpful and try to help him out the best I can,” Carlson said. “Hopefully from this, Phil will get a job.”

Carlson said Phil was grateful and excited, joking that the officer should be a barber. A resident captured the officer’s act of kindness on video, which has garnered more than 76,000 views and 1,000 shares.

The officer said plenty of LEOs perform acts of kindness everyday, but “it just so happens that this time, somebody caught it on film.”