No More Haircuts For Hugs Health Officials Say; Mayor Says Otherwise

HARTFORD, Conn. (June 13, 2013)--Good Samaritan Anthony Cymerys, 82, who has been giving free haircuts to the homeless for 25 years, was kicked out of a Hartford, Conn., park by city health officials, but the city's mayor later intervened..

Cymerys, who’s known as "Joe the Barber," has been a fixture every Wednesday for years at Bushnell Park, where his friends also hand out food to the needy.

The only fee he charges is a hug.

But shortly after Cymerys set up shop for his Wednesday appearance this week, he says health officials and police told him and his friends to leave because they didn't have permits.

Harford Mayor Pedro Segarra stepped in and said Thursday he’s granting Cymerys a special dispensation in light of his decades of charitable work and his spokeswoman, Maribel La Luz, said the city will help him obtain a state barber's license if he likes.


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