Chris' Corner: Pay it Forward at the Barbershop!

Pay it Forward at the Barbershop!

There is a new discount Barbershop (if the term is not yet antiquated) in Alliston, Great Clips has opened their door in the Wal-Mart on the East End of town.

They offered a grand-opening special of $4.99 haircuts (less than half price).  Now I have had enough of my hair, or rather, lack of it, and am tired of it blowing in the slightest breeze.  I do not put "product" in my hair, really, not even when I had some...

I am waiting for a friend of mine (a hairdresser currently living in Calgary) to move in to town later this summer, and have tried several places out lately, and had decided to give the new kids a try today.  I told my wife that, at the worst, it will grow back ;-)

I had decided to try an ultra-short haircut to save time and effort in the mornings.

When I went to pay for the cut, it was so little, less than half the price I would normally pay, that I decided to pay for the next cut (plus leave a tip for both cuts).  I left before I saw who would be the recipient, so I am not sure of their reaction.

Will they decide to "pay it forward", or just relish in being the beneficiary of a random good deed.

I have said it before, but I will repeat myself... sometimes I feel that I am the real beneficiary of actions like these, when I consider how it makes me feel for a while.

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Comment balloon 5 commentsChris Smith • June 03 2011 03:27PM


Chris-Let's just assume that the person who is the beneficiary of your good deed really didn't have the money to get a $5 hair cut but did so because they had a job interview that day! You don't need such a scenario to make you feel good for what you did but that would be like the best result of your actions ever!

Posted by Margie Kopp Sorrell, Lake Oconee Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country) over 9 years ago

Chris, you are going to get the reputation of being the "mystery payer" in your community. This is a really great way to put a smile on someone's face and spread a happy mood around. Let's hope that the merchants are honest and do pay it forward and not just keep an extra large tip. I'm sure they will though, who needs bad karma?

Posted by Malcolm Johnston, Trenton Real Estate (Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario) over 9 years ago

Margie, have you ever seen the movie "Pay it Forward" with Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt and a young boy Haley Joel Osment, the scenario you paint is the moral of the movie... I loved it.

Malcolm, this is not my goal, in fact, wherever possible, I try and do things quietly and anonymously.  I didn't think of the teller keeping the money as an extra large tip.  I hope that did not happen =(

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago

Very cool!

I would have love to seen the look on the recipients face.

You've just made a deposit into your account at the Bank of Kharma!

Posted by Ralph Gorgoglione, Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407 (Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes) over 9 years ago

Chris that is a fantastic idea! One we hadn't thought of but will be 'copy-catting' Maybe when we do it we will leave the message....'you have be Chris-a-fied!'

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 9 years ago