I have queried my spouse about the practices of village barbers in Vietnam and learned that their methods were unsanitary. (Village barbers also came to the compound to cut hair and shave soldiers.) Therefore a show on the Discovery Channel, Dirty Jobs, caught our attention last weekend. We were staying in ND at a hotel watching Mike Rowe learn how to cut and shave in a barber shop in Mobile. About 20 minutes into the video, ouch! The customer’s neck got nicked in numerous places during his shave with a straight razor–by the experienced licensed barber.
I had to buy the video for $1.99 from Amazon so I could share the above screen shot (which has actually tricky to capture at 20:19). The banter between Rowe, the barber, customers, and camera guys is light-hearted.
Barber: “Now remember now, this is very sharp.”
Rowe: “…you can see the blood pulsing through his jugular.” Rowe: ” Is it natural for him to be bleeding like that?”
Barber: “That’s the way it goes…a brand new blade got in my way…”
Customer/cameraman, upon seeing the bloody towel used on his face: “Is that MY blood?”
Since all the barbering tools are shared between customers the answer might be, on the towel, yes, but that’s the best we can offer.
For $2.00 this can be downloaded/copied to a device for personal use such as to support a HCV claim in which a vet has testified that he shared razors and/or used the services of village barbers. And folks, don’t forget the clippers that trim hair from all facial orifices, necks etc…they nick skin too and are not cleaned between customers. Barbers don’t run their offices like good dental offices. If they did, a haircut/shave would cost upwards of $100.00. Why, because barbering is a very dirty job and I’m glad Rowe included it in his show which was released in 2012.