A man went into the barbershop for a haircut. While the barber was cutting his hair, he asked the customer, "So...what do you do for a living?" "I'm a teacher," was the man's reply. Over the next 15 minutes, the two men had a nice conversation centered around the teacher's career in influencing children. When the barber was finished, the teacher asked, "How much do I owe you?" The barber firmly shook the man's hand and said, "You don't owe me anything. I consider it an honor to serve you since you have served the children of our city." The stunned teacher expressed his gratitude and then left the shop. The next morning when the barber came to work, sitting on his steps was a nice thank-you note with a box of chocolates.
The next day a marine went into the barbershop. He didn't look like he needed much of a haircut, but obviously he wanted it shorter still. While the barber cut his hair, he asked lots of questions about the marine's time in the service and all of the places that he had been. When the barber finished the haircut, he gave the man a snappy salute and said, "No charge. It's my honor to cut your hair for your service to our country." The marine proudly returned the salute with a "Thank you, sir!" and left the barbershop. The next morning when the barber came to work, sitting on his steps was a brand-new marine corps baseball cap.
The next day a Baptist missionary walked into the barbershop.