“I have bills to pay”

Thai Golf Coach Is Now A Doughnut Shop Employee After Lessons Halted Due To COVID-19

Image adapted from: Thai News Pix

On Thursday, Facebook page Thai News Pix shared a story and photos of Mr. Wattana Thaisa-nguanvorakul or Mai, an ex-golf coach who is now working as a doughnut seller on the Bangkok streets after a golf school he worked at closed due to COVID-19.

Before the pandemic, Mr. Mai revealed that he had a hefty income each month. However, he lost his income when the closure took place in March to curb the infections. 

Mr. Mai said he started looking for alternative jobs because he still had bills to pay. So, he ended up applying for a local doughnut shop near his condominium. 

Embarrassed at first

Doughnut Shop Employee

Mr. Mai selling doughnuts in the rains
Image credit: Thai News Pix

The job required him to sell bags of doughnuts on the roads during the red traffic light. 

Mr. Mai admitted that he was embarrassed at first, which hindered him from approaching customers. Luckily, he became more comfortable after a while. 

He also calculated that he walks back and forth on the street for about 20km each day.

Thai Golf Coach Is Now A Doughnut Shop Employee After Lessons Halted Due To COVID-19

Image credit: Thai News Pix

Many golf coaches seeking new careers

Thai Golfer

Mr. Mai as a golf coach
Image credit: Thai News Pix

Mr. Mai also revealed that a lot of golf coaches and golfers he knows have been affected by the closure and had to seek other career paths during the pandemic.

“Some [golfers] sell fabric face masks while others sell food and juices,” he said. “Everybody needs to adapt [to the situation] and start thinking about a back-up plan for the future.”  

Help each other out by supporting local businesses and we’ll get through this dire time together. 

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