Officer Carlson, for his part, suggested his actions were nothing out of the ordinary and the real credit should go to Phil's ambitions.
Local McDonald's restaurants couldn't immediately confirm if Phil was hired.
Officer Carlson said other officers do this sort of thing all the time but don't get the attention, but he hopes others are inspired by the kind act.
The heart-warming moment was captured on video by a passerby who gave it to the Tallahassee Police Department, which posted it on its Facebook page on Sunday evening.
Officer Carlson said Phil had then started to try to shave but had been struggling without a mirror, so he had stepped in to help.
Phil, who's reportedly homeless, asked Officer Carlson if he knew how to fix a razor because he was having some trouble with his.
"It was missing a screw so I tightened up the other one to the point where it actually worked".
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Kelly Duvall sent in a picture and video to the police department after her daughter filmed an officer shave a homeless man's beard outside a Circle K gas station on Thomasville Road, CBS affiliate WTSP-TV reports.
Carlson handed the razor back over, which is when another problem presented itself.
Many witnesses in the area were moved by the generosity they had seen and took videos of Carlson's good deed, posting them to social media.
After Carlson finished up Phil's shave, which he didn't know was being recorded, the man was more than happy with the officer's work.
"Phil was super-excited and assured me he would be ready for Thursday", he said.
Carlson shared his philosophy of policing with WFMZ news, explaining how he focuses on putting in effort that will make a long term impact in his community.
He continued: "I like to think of us more as peace officers, first, law enforcement officers, second". "If he's wanting to help himself, I need to do better and help him". They also said Phil could come by their office and they would help him with the process.