Cuttin’ Up: Atlanta-Area Barber Will Give Old-Man Haircuts to Misbehaving Kids

Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
The Benjamin Button Special 

The Benjamin Button Special.

That’s what you ask for if you have a son who is misbehaving and don’t happen to live too far from A-1 Kutz barbershop in Snelville, Ga. Three days a week, owner Russell Fredrick and his band of barbers will cut your mischievous boy’s hair in such a way as to make him look like a tiny George Jefferson.


That's right, according to the Washington Post, for kids who want to “act grown,” the shop offers the reverse-aging haircut three days a week—essentially shaving the top of the child’s head and leaving the sides full—as a hands-off form of punishment, for free.

Fredrick, 34, and a father of three, told the Post that the idea grew after he hooked up his 12-year-old son, Rushawn, whose grades had dropped dramatically, with a fresh Benjamin Button Special. Well, guess what? After that, Fredrick says, his son’s grades “dramatically skyrocketed.”

So far, Fredrick says, one mom has taken him up on the offer, bringing her son in for the punishing cut, but he adds that after pictures of the haircut hit social media, interest in the senior-citizen coiffure increased.  

“There are a few people that are saying it’s emotional abuse,” Fredrick told the Post. “But on average, everyone is applauding the mother that brought the child in—and applauding me as well.”

Read more at the Washington Post.  

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