A Thai couple who lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 downturn have started a business delivering takeaway meals – on horseback. Pirote Jobsri and Pimpanit Poytitat both had jobs but struggled financially when the pandemic hit in Uthai Thani province. The husband, Pirote, worked at a car cleaning service which closed down as fewer customers came to their shop when the travel bans were imposed. Meanwhile, the wife, Pimpanit, worked as a teacher but schools closed to prevent spreading the coronavirus. Distressed about their finances, the couple decided to open a business instead. They wanted to open a Korean barbecue restaurant but knew it would be hard with shutdowns and restrictions still in place due in many regions. As a workaround, they used their pet horses to provide a homemade food delivery service instead, attracting customers with the unusual idea. They quickly had a steady stream of customers ordering food they cook at home in their kitcen. Aside from the barbecue set, the couple also offer horseriding lessons. The barbecue set costs 350 Baht (11.67USD) and the customers can pose with the horses and pet them after receiving their food. Delighted business owner and horse enthusiast Pirote said his pets helped them get through the pandemic. He said: ‘I am relieved that we were able to bounce back despite our financial struggles with the pandemic. ‘It brightens up our day to see customers enjoy our food and have fun interacting with the horses.’ Thailand has recorded a relatively low 19,618 Covid-19 infections and 77 deaths but the impact on the tourism-dependent economy has been devastating.
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