Free haircuts by men in green uniforms

Free haircuts by men in green uniforms

A member of the
A member of the "barber rider" unit of the 15th Cavalry Battalion approaches a rural village in Nan province, to offer people there a free haircut. (Photo: Rarinthorn Petcharoen)

NAN: The 15th Cavalry Battalion of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment has formed a special team of skilled barbers to give free haircuts to people in rural areas of this northern border province.

The battalion commander, Lt Col Bundhit Chaokanha, calls it the "barber rider" unit.

The unit has been deployed to villages in Muang, Wiang Sa, Na Noy, Na Muen and Mae Charin districts,  where most people now have long hair because all barber shops in the province were closed to limit the spread of Covid-19.

The "barber riders" go out individually on motorcycles to remote communities, each armed only with a box of haircutting tools.

This civic action has already received a satisfactory feedback, Lt Col Bundhit said.

It was proving popular, with many people taking advantage of the service - and enjoying the benefit of not having to pay for a haircut.

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