Homeless Floridan starts job with officer’s help

Photo by the Tallahassee Police Department

A homeless man in Tallahassee, Florida recently began his job with the assistance of a local police officer.

Phil, a homeless Floridan, started his job at McDonald’s in Tallahassee on Friday, the city’s police department reported on Facebook. He was offered a job at the international fast food chain after the officer, Carlson, helped him out.

Officer Carlson was spotted outside of a gas station late last month helping Phil shave ahead of his job interview. A woman saw the encounter and began recording it.

“He seemed excited about [the job],” Officer Carlson said in a video posted to the department’s Facebook page. “If he’s wanting to help himself, I need to help him out the best I can.”

Rachel Vasquez, the owner of the local franchise, said that if Phil stays with the company for at least 90 days and works 15 hours a week, he’ll qualify for the fast food restaurant’s Archways to Opportunity program, which can help him earn a high school diploma, college tuition and the chance to plan a career.

As of Wednesday, Phil is “doing great & enjoying his new job at McDonald’s” and was the recipient of “some gift cards for various restaurants” from a generous former officer of the Tallahassee Police Department.