Tallahassee Cop Helps Homeless Man Shave for Job Application

Roman Schwartz
July 27, 2018

- After video of a police officer in Tallahassee helping a homeless man shave to prepare for a job interview at a McDonald's restaurant, Senator Marco Rubio has offered to help the man get the documents he needs to start work.

City of Tallahassee Police Department Officer Tony Carlson had pulled into a gas station when he noticed the man, named Phil, having a hard time with his razor.

After fixing Phil's razor, he realized the man was having a hard time shaving without a mirror, so he made a decision to do it for him.

Obviously, Carlson wasn't carrying around a screw with him to fix the thing, but he did manage to tighten the screws on Phil's second-hand razor enough for him to get a shave out of it.

A local McDonald's spokeswoman told the newspaper Monday as long as Phil's background checks comes back clean and he provides identification, they will hold a spot for him. He's hopeful Phil will get the job and if he doesn't, he hopes he will get one somewhere else.

His boss, Police Chief Michael DeLeo, recognizing that these acts of kindness are indeed worth celebrating, disagreed with Carlson's modest statement. But Carlson said he doesn't think he did all that much - it "isn't. spectacular", as he put it. Carlson fixed the razor that was missing a screw and helped clean him up.

Credit Facebook  City of Tallahassee Police Department
Credit Facebook City of Tallahassee Police Department

"He seemed excited about [the job]...if he's wanting to help himself, I need to help him out the best I can", Officer Carlson said in a video posted to the police department's Facebook page. Rather, that sort of thing happens all the time and it was just pure coincidence that this particular instance was caught on film.

"I then told Phil I had good news about that and told him I had been contacted by Senator Marco Rubio's office here in town".

He says that members of the United States various law enforcement agencies do stuff like this all the time, it's just that on this occasion it was captured on camera for the world to see.

He began shaving in a gas station parking lot, but without a mirror, he was unable to tell if he was doing it right.

'One of his comments was that I should be a barber'. You go to a scene and you try to resolve it with a positive ending, and something that's gonna last, ' Carlson said.

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