Homeless man in Omaha gets a roadside haircut off the interstate
OMAHA, Neb. – This week, drivers exiting I-80 west at the 144th Street exit in Omaha saw something they don’t see every day.
For about a week and a half, the local hairdresser, Misty Munns, came by and spoke to him, and occasionally gave money to a homeless man posted by the exit. She said he reminded her of her late brother.
“Told me he came down from COVID and is unable to do the carnival work he is used to,” she said. “It hit a nerve because my brother used to do that.”
One day Misty mentioned what she was doing for a living, which resulted in a rare sight on the interstate exit.
“I told him I was going to cut my hair to make a living and he said, ‘I could use a haircut. So I said,’ Okay, I’ll be back tomorrow when I get home from work.”
On Monday, Misty kept her promise, brought her trading tools to the exit, gave him a haircut, and had a little chat.
With so many recovering from the pandemic, Misty saw an opportunity in this.
“With our crazy world right now and the COVID and everything else … I think there is a need for more kindness in our world,” she said.
After trimming and a braid of beard, Misty and the man said goodbye with a hug and went their separate ways – but not before Misty gave him a first aid kit to prevent a wound on his hand from becoming infected.
As she drove home, she thought of her brother and father, who were also travelers.
“My father has been gone for two years. When I drove home I said, “This is something my father would have been happy about,” and I felt good, “Misty said with audible emotion in her voice.
Misty lost her father Michael Gilsdorf to throat cancer two years ago at the age of 74. Her brother Mark Brockman died six years ago of pancreatic cancer at the age of 40.
People called her father Mike, the same name as the man she gave the haircut to.
KMTV’s Matt Ryan first reported on this story.