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Strangers unite online to save barbershop ransacked in riots

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Looters and rioters have caused plenty of damage in the United Kingdom over the last few days, but one of their victims is getting a particularly significant amount of attention online right now. His name is Aaron Biber, he's 89 years old, and his barbershop was ransacked in the riots.

According to an article by The Telegraph, Biber has been running his Tottenham-based barbershop for 41 years only to watch it be destroyed over the course of one night.

When Biber arrived at his shop last Saturday morning, he found that the place was completely ransacked. The windows were smashed, hair dryers and other tools were missing — and even his tea kettle was nowhere in sight! His livelihood was destroyed.

But some kindhearted strangers are gathering online to help make everything all right again.

Thanks to a group of interns from BBH — a London advertising agency — who read about Biber's story, a website named Keep Aaron Cutting was created. There, a PayPal link encourages visitors to donate whatever they can in order to help Biber rebuild his business and get back on his feet. So far, about $50,000 has been collected — and thanks to the word spread by social media, that number keeps growing.

It isn't known how much money is necessary for get the barber's affairs in order, but the folks at BBH did mention that any leftover funds will be used to help repair Biber's neighborhood as well — so here's hoping that Biber the barber gets as much social media attention as Bieber the pop sensation.

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