Saturday, December 5, 2015

Three Cheers For Two Men Lying Down On The Job

Barber James Williams successful cuts
young Mason's hair at a barber shop in Wales.
Mason has autism, and he's most comfortable on the floor. 
Lying down on the job is pretty much discouraged everywhere.

But I found two recently examples where people have done this, and they deserve a raise.

The first guy lying down on the job is one James Williams of the Jim the Trim Barber Shop in Briton Ferry, Wales.

Last month, a youngster with autism named Mason came in to get a haircut.

Haircuts can be difficult for some kids with autism.  

Williams said the boy has come into the shop in the past, and the kid would get very uncomfortable, especially when Williams tried to cut hair near Mason's ears.

Williams also noticed Mason seemed more comfortable on the floor. The barber figured if you can't beat him, join him.

So the haircut got done there, and worked beautifully. Mason was so pleased he gave Williams a hug - which is a rare move for Mason, said his parents, according to Huffington Post.

Too bad I don't live anywhere near Wales. I'd get Williams to cut my hair any time. And I wouldn't even make him get down on the floor to do it.

The second case, according to People magazine came in the form of a mall Santa.

Erin Deely says her son, Brayden has autism, and thusly not good at crowds, noise and pressure, such as people urging him to smile, goddammit.

But there's an organization call Caring Santa, which trains Santas and sets up quiet, controlled areas where kids with autism can tell Santa they've been good boys and girls and what they want for Christmas.

When Brayden arrived at SouthPark mall in Charlotte, North Carolina, Santa just got down on the floor and started playing with the toys on the floor with Brayden.

The result was the adorable picture you see in this post of the kid and Santa at the mall.

I don't know if Santa gets Christmas gifts, but this one surely won't get any coal in his stocking.


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