A Tallahassee, Fla., police officer is being applauded for his simple act of kindness, which one person caught on video.
Officer Tony Carlson was about to get back into his car when he noticed a homeless man, named Phil, struggling with his razor outside a gas station.
After Carlson fixed the man’s razor, he realized that without a mirror Phil was having a hard time shaving. Phil informed the officer that McDonald’s had told him if he showed up with a clean shave he’d have a job.
“He seemed excited about [the job] … if he’s wanting to help himself, I need to help him out the best I can,” Carlson said in a video posted to the Police Department’s Facebook page.
So the officer helped Phil shave.
“I wish I could’ve done more. … Hopefully, from this, Phil will get a job,” Carlson said.
The person who took the video shared it with a family member, who then submitted it to the Police Department.
“I am so proud to live in a community where our deputies and officers are such wonderful people. Good job Tallahassee Police Department!!!” the person wrote.
Carlson said that police officers do this type of thing all the time, they are public servants after all, but they rarely get this type of attention. Still, he hopes others are inspired by his actions.
“If somebody else sees this when they can help somebody out, hopefully, they’ll think of this,” he said.