Florida Police Officer Filmed Shaving Homeless Man so He Could Get a Job
Things are looking up for the man thanks to Officer Tony Carlson with the Tallahassee Police Department.
Officer Tony Carlson with the Tallahassee Police Department is being credited with changing the local man’s life after he noticed him having some issues with his razor outside of a Circle K. gas station on Sunday.
The man, identified only as Phil, was trying to land a job at a nearby McDonald’s, but staff there told him he needed to be clean-shaven to work there.
"He asked me if I knew anything about fixing a razor ‘cause it was broken," Carlson recalled in a video shared on Facebook Monday. "I looked at it and it was missing a screw. Obviously, I didn't have another screw, so I just tightened up the other one to the point it would work."
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Even with the razor fixed, Phil was having trouble shaving without a mirror. So, standing outside a gas station in the middle of the day, Carlson shaved his beard for him.
A number of bystanders were able to document the selfless act. Greg Wallenfelsz, who happened to be at the gas station, posted a video on Facebook.
"I thought it would be nice to share with others this selfless act of kindness this officer showed this stranger," he told CNN.
CNN also caught up with Kelly Duvall, who shared a photo taken by her daughter on social media and with the police department.
"One officer's simple act of kindness is touching so many lives, it is amazing," Duvall said.
The story quickly went viral, which led local radio personality Greg Tish of Real Talk 93.3 to catch up with Phil. According to an interview posted by Tish, the shave might have helped him secure the job.
As for Officer Carlson, he told CNN that he was simply doing his job. "This isn't ... something spectacular," he said. "It happens all the time. It just so happens that this time someone caught it on film."