A 67-year-old barber in Jiaozuo city, Henan province has recently made headlines in China for his steadfast refusal to change his prices with the times, keeping the cost of a haircut for his customers at 1 yuan for the last 25 years.
Wang Chengjian was apprenticed to a hair-cutting master when he was 13 years old. At that time, Wang and his master carried their hair cutting kit around town to offer their services door to door, Henan Daily reports.
Years later, Wang opened up a barber’s shop of his own in his village. He charged his customers under five mao for one haircut. Wang told reporters that around 25 years ago, he started charging one yuan for his services and the price has remained fixed ever since. “Other barbers charge five yuan to ten yuan for one haircut, but I don’t charge more than one yuan,” Wang boasted.
“‘The villagers are not rich. We would rather earn a little less than make more dishonestly,’ my master used to say that. And I always bear it in mind,” he added.
Wang works from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. every day. There is always a constant stream of customers patronizing his ten-square-meter shop for a bargain haircut. However, he also makes time pay regular visits to low-income families, disabled residents, and senior citizens with no family to give them haircuts for free.
In order to help more people, Wang passed on his skills to his apprentices. Along with teaching them how to handle a pair of scissors, he also instructed them to do good deeds.
An 80-year-old resident named Zhang Shiyi couldn’t stop praising Wang. “I’ve been bed-ridden for years, so I can no longer make it to Wang’s shop myself. However, he visits me and gives me a haircut for free,” Zhang said. “I can’t thank Wang enough for all he’s done for me!”
In response, Wang simply said, “We villagers need to look out for one another.”
“I’ve been doing this job for over 50 years, and the ‘one-yuan haircut’ has lasted for 25 years,” he added. “I hope to continue what I’ve been doing — the ‘one-yuan cause.'”
Naturally, Chinese internet users have heaped praise on Wang for his generosity.
“Everyone has their own principles in life. Maybe you would say that he’s not smart enough to raise the price and open up a chain store. But a simple life isn’t a bad life. He works hard and doesn’t just stay home doing nothing. But most importantly, he has helped a lot of people. Don’t talk about money, more love and devotion are what we need in society,” wrote @给我感觉COMEON.
Wang isn’t China’s first generous barber to keep his haircut price extremely low. Last year, a 55-year-old barber in Jiangsu province earned praise around the country for keeping prices below 5 yuan for more than 24 years.
By Lucy Liu
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