Man In Wheelchair Couldn't Access Barbershop. So, Barber Cut His Hair Outside.

"Ramps and doors are not what makes businesses and homes accessible .... It's people!"

A man in a wheelchair named Devin Hamilton wanted to get his hair cut at Joe's Upscale Barber Shop in Webster, N.Y.. Hamilton could not get into the barbershop however, since it was in an old, inaccessible building. The man called the shop looking for a way to get in, but barber Victor Burgos and two other employees knew it wouldn't be possible to get him inside.


Instead of refusing to serve the patron, Burgos set up his "studio" outside and cut the man's hair on the sidewalk.

Joe's Upscale Barber Shop owner, Joe Cocozza, wasn't in at the time. When he later heard the story, he shared a post on Facebook about how proud he was of Burgos's actions. 

"I couldn’t be happier to work and know a person of such kind nature as Victor," he wrote. "I’m proud to know that even when I’m not around, our staff will go out of their way just to make someone happy!"

He thanked his employee for being a "class act."

Burgos told Inside Edition that he has had some unique haircut experiences, including performing his services at weddings and hospitals, but this was the first time he cut hair outside. But, he wasn't fazed about the new situation. He explained he "took everything he needed so [Hamilton] would get the same haircut that he would have gotten if he went inside." That included his comb, scissors, and cordless clippers.

Unbeknownst to Burgos, photos were taken of him cutting Hamilton's hair and they are going viral.

Burgos is committed to keeping up the same service. He says Hamilton "will be a customer for life" and he will do whatever is necessary to ensure it, whether it means cutting his hair outside or going to his house.

Hamilton took to Facebook to thank Burgos for the haircut. 

"Thank you Victor for an excellent cut ... Ramps and doors are not what makes businesses and homes accessible .... It's people!"

After hearing the story, the community is coming together to see how they can make the barbershop accessible for all. Hamilton himself understands the challenges and is suggesting the "Webster door bell project" because he says a simple accessible door bell "goes a long way."


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