Tue. Oct 26th, 2021

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A hair salon in Sutherland Shire has given customers a “heads up”, a topic will be taboo when the doors reopen on Monday with the closing of the lock. “The last thing we want to talk about is COVID,” Billy Hammoud, owner of Billy’s barbershop in Kareela Village, said in a Facebook post. “Let’s talk sports, family, friends, vacations, restaurants and everything in between.” Sir. Hammoud said they had “missed everyone and can’t wait to get in there and tear in”. “Be patient with us as I think it’s going to be busy and we want to see you all, so be patient, have a cup of coffee and it won’t be long.” Sir. Hammoud won widespread admiration after a Leader report in August that he and his brother Sam, who is also a hairdresser in the salon, worked as builders on a shire construction site during the lockdown. Sir. Hammoud said in a post at the time: “Hard times do not last, hard people do”. “In these hard times, we have had to learn a different type of work (hard yakka) because someone still has to pay the bills, I think,” he wrote. Sir. Hammoud told the leader in August: “We push wheelbarrows and swing shovels – things I have not done before on such a scale”. “But you have to stay positive, and instead of sitting down and waiting for the government, get out there and take care of yourself and your family.”

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A hairdresser in Sutherland Shire has given customers a “heads up”, a topic will be taboo when the doors reopen on Monday with the end of the lock.

“The last thing we want to talk about is COVID,” Billy Hammoud, owner of Billy’s barbershop in Kareela Village, said in a Facebook post.

“Let’s talk sports, family, friends, vacations, restaurants and everything in between.”

Sir. Hammoud said they had “missed everyone and can’t wait to get in there and tear in”.

“Be patient with us as I think it’s going to be busy and we want to see you all, so be patient, have a cup of coffee and it won’t be long.”

"Hard yakka": Billy (front) and Sam Hammoud work as builders.  Photo: John Veage

“Hard yakka”: Billy (front) and Sam Hammoud work as builders. Photo: John Veage

Sir. Hammoud won widespread admiration after a Leader reported in August that he and his brother Sam, who is also a hairdresser in the salon, worked as builders on a shire construction site during the lockdown.

Sir. Hammoud said in a post at the time: “Hard times do not last, hard people do”.

“In these hard times, we have had to learn a different type of work (hard yakka) because someone still has to pay the bills, I think,” he wrote.

Sir. Hammoud told Leader in August, “We push wheelbarrows and swing shovels – things I have not done before on this kind of scale”.

“But you have to stay positive, and instead of sitting down and waiting for the government, get out there and take care of yourself and your family.”

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