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Police officer comes to the rescue of homeless man on his way to a job interview

TONY CARLSON
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The man needed help with his razor so he could shave, but Officer Carlson went one step further …

Last month a video went viral of police officer Tony Carlson helping a homeless man shave for an interview at McDonald’s. When Phil March, a Tallahassee native, stopped and asked Officer Carlson to lend him a hand, the officer didn’t hesitate in demonstrating his barber skills to get March interview ready. Fixing the razor’s missing screw, Officer Carlson could have just handed it back to March to get on with the shaving himself. But Officer Carlson, who has been in service for over 20 years, went the extra mile and shaved off March’s beard himself.

#MustSee #MorePureAwesomeness We thought the picture was awesome, well here’s THE VIDEO of Officer Carlson helping one of our citizens. #TPD #TallahasseeTHE STORY AS TOLD BY THE CITIZEN SUBMITTING THE INFORMATION: “My daughter just sent me this picture and called to tell me the story, I had to share….she went to the gas station and saw this officer shaving a homeless man's beard. A minute later the officer went into the store and Hannah walked in after him and saw him cleaning himself up because he was hot and sweaty. She offered to buy him a drink and got talking. Apparently the officer was at McDonald's next door and this gentleman went in looking for a job. He was told they wouldn't hire him unless he shaved his beard. So the officer went and got some clippers and shaved the man's beard so he could go back and get a job! I am so proud to live in a community where our deputies and officers are such wonderful people. Good job Tallahassee Police Department!!! ❤”

Geplaatst door City of Tallahassee Police Department op Zondag 22 juli 2018

Giving March his time and attention made the job candidate feel worthy when he must have been feeling so stressed. Yet for Officer Carlson “he was just doing his job” and would have loved to have done more. He told WCTV.TV that he’s delighted the video has garnered so much attention because “it shows the reality of what we actually do. I like to think of us more as peace officers first, law enforcement officers second. You go to a scene and you try to resolve it with a positive ending and something that’s going to last.”

The burning question is: did March get the job? Thankfully, the Tallahassee Police Department posted an update on their Facebook page of Officer Carlson paying a visit to one of McDonald’s latest employees, a fresh-faced March thriving in his new position and encouraging his other homeless friends to never give up. As the TPD stated in their post: “All it takes is one step forward.”

#TeamPhil #Update We caught up with Phil today at McDonald's! He told us he is doing really great, working all his…

Geplaatst door City of Tallahassee Police Department op Woensdag 29 augustus 2018

The heartwarming story shows how a simple act of kindness really can change someone’s life forever. But what makes it even better is that there were others involved in giving March this great opportunity. Raphael Vazquez, who owns the McDonalds, was willing to give someone in dire need a chance — in fact, Vazquez and his family have a habit of employing the homeless. And the office of Marco Rubio, the senator in Florida, also helped by securing him with the necessary identification to be employable.

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