There is a hairdresser near the office and I have made friends with the owner – Maurice. This morning I stopped and chatted with him as he was opening up and he told me this little story:
He told me that yesterday the local greengrocer Benny come in for a haircut. “Don’t pay, Benny,” he said ‘you work hard every day and you deserve a break.” And now the box of apples showed up.
A few days ago he gave a haircut to the local policeman and didn’t charge him either. “You protect the public” Maurice said. Maurice told me that the next day a box of fresh donuts showed up by way of thanks.
Two days ago, a member of Raindance, a filmmaker by the name of Robert happened to come in and again Maurice didn’t charge him saying “Independent films are really important. Keep them coming and I won’t charge you. Your work is so important.”
The next day a dozen independent filmmakers showed up for a free haircut.