A man in a wheelchair was looking for a haircut, but he couldn’t find a ramp into a local barbershop. After the man made a phone call asking if Joe’s Upscale Barber Shop took “walk-ins,” he saw hairstylist Victor Burgos carrying his tools out to meet him on the sidewalk.
Victor had noticed the man in the wheelchair going back and forth outside the front of the shop. When Victor got the call, he and a couple of his colleagues rushed outside to see if they could get him up the stairs. Unfortunately, the high-tech wheelchair was too heavy to lift, so Victor decided the sidewalk was as good a place as any for a haircut.
“We weren’t going to be able to get this heavy-duty thing in here, so I took my cordless barber clippers, trimmers, shavers, and sheers, straight blade, comb — everything I need to give him the same haircut that he’d get if he came inside.”
Older buildings in New York are often not wheelchair-accessible — an unfortunate reality that leaves many disabled people out in the cold even when they’re looking for something as everyday as a haircut. Thankfully, Victor wasn’t about to let that stop him from doing what he does best.
“It looked like he hadn’t had a haircut in about a month,” he said. “It was pretty shaggy [and] I know how good it feels to get that weight off of you. I could tell that he’s never had a good experience. I could tell without even asking him, and I just wanted to change it for him.”
Clearly it worked, as the man connected with Victor on Facebook, and Victor is now his exclusive barber.
“I think I’ll be cutting his hair for a long time.”
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