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Remember Phil, the homeless guy who was given a helping hand for his forthcoming job interview when police officer Tony Carlson kindly gave him a shave to make him look the part?
It's one of the most heartwarming things the Internet has churned out lately, isn't it?
Phil said that he had bought the razor because someone from McDonald's had said to him that if he showed up to the restaurant on Monday with his face cleanly shaven, he could have a job - but Tallahassee police officerTony spotted he was having a bit of a struggle with it in a petrol station.
That's when Tony stepped in and helped him shave off his beard, in a random act of kindness that soon went viral for all the right reasons.
Not long after the amazing footage started doing the rounds, in an even better twist it soon transpired that Phil had got the job. GO PHIL!
And now he's even started the role at the fast food chain, having been photographed with his uniform, absolutely lovin' it.
#GoodNews Phillip aka "Phil" started his new job today at @McDonalds! We couldn't be more proud! The way #Tallahassee has come together to help has been amazing to say the least. We were all reminded this week how a little #kindness can go a long way. #TeamPhil pic.twitter.com/gtgtOGUs6f
- Tallahassee Police (@TallyPD) July 27, 2018
In a later update, the Police Department added:
#UPDATE We talked to Phil today! He's doing great & enjoying his new job at @McDonalds. We received some gift cards for various restaurants from a former TPD officer to give to Phil. Officer Carlson is pictured here giving Phil the gift cards. #TeamPhil #KindnessChallenge pic.twitter.com/qcg32K5Ryo
- Tallahassee Police (@TallyPD) August 1, 2018
In a news conference that was uploaded to Facebook by the Tallahassee Police Department, Tony told the story of what went down on the day he bumped into Phil.
He said: "I saw [a man], who turned out to be Phil, out front trying to shave, having some trouble with his razor.
"As I got out of my car, he asked me if I knew anything about fixing a razor, because it was broken, and if I could look at it. For whatever reason, instead of just getting in my car and leaving, I went over there and I looked at it, and it was missing a screw."
While Tony wasn't carrying a screw around with him at the time (who does?!), he did manage to tighten the screws on the second-hand razor enough to get a shave out of it.
The other problem was that neither Phil nor Tony had a mirror on them - which was when the kind cop grabbed the razor and shaved Phil's face himself.
While we're here gushing over what a stand-up fella this guy is, Tony reckons it's all just part of his duties as a policeman.
He continued: "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 gonna last.
"There's a time and place to arrest people and take them to jail, of course, but if you can help and fix the situation to [help] it get better, the chances are you're not gonna have to come back out there later."
Featured Image Credit: Tallahassee Police Department
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