Thursday, August 10, 2017

Mayor tells barber, "I've got your back."

Brennon Jones is a barber from Chester, Pennsylvania, who moved to West Philadelphia and started giving free haircuts to Philly's homeless population. "Haircuts4Homeless" caught the attention of Mayor Jim Kenny, who celebrated Jones' kindness. "I'm a huge fan of what you're doing," he said."I'm proud." But on July 17, a woman from the Licenses and Inspections walked up to Jones and told him he had to quit. He lacked a vendor license and was cutting hair on a traffic median which might be dangerous to his homeless customers. When word got out, Philadelphians started a petition which gathered more than 17,000 signatures. One supporter got word to the mayor, and he told Jones "I've got your back."

Jones' mission was not stopped for long, and he credits Mayor Kenny for keeping his word. Recently Jones declared on Facebook, "Just got word from the Mayor. Haircuts4Homeless is back in business. The city found a safer spot for him to cut hair -- the north apron of City Hall or in the Courtyard.

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