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Thai celebrity and pilots take gig jobs in post-pandemic economy

Labor market undergoes wrenching changes despite relatively short lockdown

Thai actor Pheerawas Khunlanunthwatn or Amp joined Grab's fleet as a part-time worker amid Thailand's lockdown. (Source photo by screenshot from Amp’s Instagram account)

BANGKOK -- Actor Pheerawas Khunlanunthwatn hopes his latest role -- as a delivery driver for Grab -- will be an inspiring one for his fellow Thais as the kingdom emerges from its coronavirus outbreak.

The 33-year-old known as Amp, who boasts more than 620,000 Instagram followers, joined the tech group's fleet as a part-time worker amid the nation's lockdown.

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