o make a bit of money on the side, a Shanghai university student has taken up the noble profession of a crawfish peeler at a local restaurant.
The restaurant’s owner told reporters that peeling crawfish can be a big hassle for diners, who often already have at least one hand already occupied, playing with their mobile phone. So, he decided to provide a special service for his patrons: women who come to your table and peel your shellfish for you.
In return, the women receive a 15% service charge for their hard labor. “If you work hard and come in every day, your monthly earnings could probably hit five figures,” says He Nanxin, who adds that it took her two days of training to become a proficient peeler of crawfish and shrimp.
“I think my current line of work relies on my own labor and gives me many opportunities to meet new people,” she says. “For me, it’s a very meaningful thing.”
Young women becoming professional peelers first started really becoming a thing back in 2015 after a story went viral about a former flight attendant-turned-entrepreneur in Hangzhou who had started offering her “crab-peeling services” on Taobao, charging 10 yuan per crab, plus 5 yuan extra if you want it hand-fed to you.