While the government is back open for now, Albert Lierio is still offering a “we get paid when you get paid” deal at the Old Orcutt Barber Shop.
Lierio says he’ll continue to offer free haircuts to federal employees until those workers get a paycheck.
Gabriel Caballero, who stopped in for a haircut on Tuesday and works as a correctional officer at the U.S. Penitentiary in Lompoc, says he expects to get paid this week.
While Caballero paid for his haircut on Tuesday, he says he’s grateful for the support of local businesses like the Old Orcutt Barber Shop.
“It’s great that they’re offering us this opportunity to go ahead and make sure we still look professional and what not at work and I think it’s great that the community can come together and do stuff like this for us,” Caballero said. “It just creates more of a loyal customer base and makes us want to come back because they are willing to help us out in the community.”
Caballero says he had been working without getting paid since Dec. 22, 2018. He expects to get back pay in a future paycheck.
Lierio says he’s given about a dozen free haircuts during the shutdown.