The Class War Against the Poor Continues Across America
Cops and Suits Say No More Free Haircuts for Homeless in Hartford
Good-bye Joe the Barber – God Bless You For Trying
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hartford officials say they ordered an 82-year-old good Samaritan out of a city park because residents were concerned about the safety and sanitation of his free haircuts to homeless people.
But city health officials said Thursday they’re trying to work with Anthony Cymerys (sih-MEHR’-is) so he can continue providing the valuable service in a more controlled environment. They also say Cymerys isn’t a licensed barber.
Cymerys is known as “Joe the Barber” and has been giving haircuts in exchange for hugs for 25 years in the city. He’s been a fixture at Bushnell Park every Wednesday, but authorities kicked him out of the park this week.
Cymerys’ friends questioned officials’ actions, saying it was only a year ago that the city honored Cymerys for his charitable deeds.
War on Haircuts. What’s Next – A War on Nail Clippers?
The fact is that in cities across America, many homeless people help each other out, not only with food, but also with personal hygiene like haircuts. So old Joe the Barber didn’t have a “license”, so what? He still gives satisfactory haircuts to homeless folks who couldn’t afford it otherwise. In the L.A. area there are at least 2 nice ladies who occasionally give haircuts to homeless and needy people for free. Maybe some of the self-involved citizens who own actual barber shops should volunteer some time to help out. The foreclosures by the banksters have put millions of middle-class Americans on the street; now they have to face the realities of the life of poor folks, including such mundane things as haircuts. When you are homeless you aren’t going to go to some fancy salon and plunk down $40 bucks for a trim.
To the people who forced old Joe the Barber out of the park: May all your hair fall out and your finger and toenails become ingrown.