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Barber offers 'Benjamin Button' old man cuts for misbehaving kids

By
Ben Hooper

SNELLVILLE, Ga., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- A suburban Atlanta barber is offering parents of misbehaving kids a "Benjamin Button Special," a haircut designed to make kids look like old men.

Russell Fredrick, co-owner of the A-1 Kutz barber shop in Snellville, said the first recipient of the "Benjamin Button Special," a shaved head with the sides and back left in place in the style of a balding elderly man, was his own 12-year-old son.

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Fredrick told The Washington Post his son's failing grades "dramatically skyrocketed" after receiving the haircut last fall, so he decided to start offering the haircut as a free-of-charge option for parents seeking unconventional disciplinary measures for unruly kids.

The first customer to accept the offer, the mother of a 10-year-old who had been misbehaving in school, said the haircut succeeded in correcting his behavior and the boy returned to the store four days later to fix the style.

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Fredrick posted pictures of the 10-year-old on Instagram, where they went viral.

"There are a few people that are saying it's emotional abuse; but on average, everyone is applauding the mother that brought the child in -- and applauding me as well," the barber said.

"He understood why it happened and he rolled with it and allowed it to make him stronger," Fredrick said of the 10-year-old in the pictures. "You gotta reach these kids somehow, and I would gladly do it again."

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