In the wake of the riots in England, social networks have been accused of spreading messages that increased the violence and looting. However, one man is benefiting from them, as people on the internet hear his story and help him to recover his livelihood.
89 year old Aaron Biber’s barber shop in Tottenham, North London, was looted and wrecked.
He said he was shocked to find the damage:
“I came down here, the windows were smashed, the doors were smashed, everything was smashed in here. I couldn’t stand it. I’ve been cutting hair since I was 12. It’s my life. I could sell this shop in two minutes, but I don’t want to sell it. I can come here and speak to people. I cut their hair. Whatever I earn, I earn. I’m not a greedy man. I don’t worry about money.”
Three interns from an advertising agency decided to use the power of social networks to try to help restore the shop, which had been open for 41 years. Letters of support and cheques have been pouring in, so far raising over 35,000 euros – much needed money, as the shop was not insured.