Homeless man lands job at McDonald’s with help of Tallahassee Police officer

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (WSVN) - A homeless man in Florida is now a working man thanks in part to an act of kindness from a Tallahassee Police officer.

Philip March, who goes by Phil, made headlines last week when Tallahassee Police officer Tony Carlson helped him shave his beard for a job.

7News shared the act of kindness on social media where it garnered more than four million views.

The Tallahassee Police Department tweeted out a photo on Friday, with an update on Phil’s job search.

The tweet read, “#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”

The position at the restaurant would be Phil’s first job in over a year.

“I told them it’d be the cleanest McDonald’s they’ve ever seen,” he said.

One week ago an officer spotted Phil at a gas station trying to use an electric razor without a mirror because he felt a clean shave would help him get a job at the McDonald’s next door.

“He was excited that there was a chance he’d get a job if he just did this simple thing of trying to clean up,” Carlson said.

The video of the officer helping Phil went viral and eventually led to the new job.

“That means everything. That’s going to help me get off the streets,” Phil said.

The officer was celebrated for going above and beyond the call of duty.

“Our officers are out there every day doing some more, I can’t say shaving people,” said Tallahasee officer Rachelle Denmark.

Phil said he joked with the officer and asked if he would quit his job and become a barber.

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