Thai Immigration Investigates Illegal Foreigner Allegedly Working at Barber Shop in Patong

Patong –

Phuket Immigration inspected a barber shop in Patong after they were notified by a concerned citizen that there was allegedly a foreigner working there illegally.

Phuket Immigration told the Phuket Express that on Wednesday (December 6th) they and officers from the Phuket Employment Office inspected a barber shop in Soi Saen Sabai. The inspection came after Phuket Immigration was notified by a concerned citizen via an online channel that there was a foreigner allegedly illegally working at the barber shop.

When they arrived at the barber shop, they found two Thai nationals who were cutting hair for customers. There were no foreigners working.

Staffers at the barber shop told officers that the picture that they received online was an old photo. There was a foreigner working at the barber shop before, they admitted. However, the foreigner was arrested for working illegally.

The barber shop has been renovated which now looks different from the old photo. Now there are only two Thai workers at the barber shop with no foreigners working there, they said.

The Phuket Express notes that hair stylists are protected occupations in Thailand and a work permit and visa is unavailable for foreigners for this job.

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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.