A barber in China has earned admiration among Chinese netizens for keeping the cost of his haircut at 1 yuan ($0.15), a price he set when he first started 25 years ago.
The 67-year-old Jiaozuo-native from Henan Province, Wang Chengjian, recently made headlines in the country for his uncommon business practice of refusing to update his prices as everything else rises in costs, reported Henan Daily (via Shanghaiist).
Wang reportedly learned how to cut people’s hair when he was just 13 years old under the guidance of a local hair-cutting master. As the master’s apprentice, he would accompany the barber around town who offered services door to door.
Wang would later open his own barber shop in his village, charging just under five mao (half a yuan) for his services. When he eventually set his price at one yuan around 25 years ago, it 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 was quoted as saying. “‘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.”
At his age, Wang still keeps a tight schedule, with his tiny shop maintaining a constant stream of regular customers beginning from 6:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. everyday. He also finds time to regularly visit poor, disabled, and senior citizens to give them free haircuts.
Wang has also trained young apprentices who wished to learn his craft. He passes along not only the skills in hair-cutting, but also the value of doing good deeds to others.
“I’ve been bed-ridden for years, so I can no longer make it to Wang’s shop myself,” 80-year-old local resident Zhang Shiyi was quoted as saying. “However, he visits me and gives me a haircut for free. I can’t thank Wang enough for all he’s done for me!”
Wang simply replied, “We villagers need to look out for one another.”
The selfless barber intends to continue his admirable deed for as long as he is able. “I’ve been doing this job for over 50 years, and the ‘one-yuan haircut’ has lasted for 25 years,” he said. “I hope to continue what I’ve been doing — the ‘one-yuan cause.'”