Mum describes herself as a professional nitpicker.
For 12 years the Victoria mother, Anna Cukierman has been called on to take care of other people’s head lice.
“I get phone calls from very distraught parents saying, ‘Please come and save me’,” she told ABC Radio Melbourne.
“It’s the great equaliser in life, I think. Lice just doesn’t discriminate. Rich, poor, whatever — you can still get lice.”
Ms Cukierman offers a mobile head lice removal service, picking out the blood-sucking insects from children’s heads “like a monkey”.
She said most of her business was generated through word of mouth, as her name gets mentioned on online forums by frantic parents.
“People are time poor. A lot of times the kids just won’t sit for mum, and I’m someone else’s mum so they’ll sit nice and politely for me,” she said.
“They’ll sit there for hours and I can sit there for hours and pull nits and bugs.”
Ms Cukierman said she loves her job.
“My husband can turn around and say my wife is a nitpicker,” she said with a laugh.
“And I have to go, ‘Yeah, I am’.
“There are not many jobs people are genuinely grateful [for], but this is one.”
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