Los Angeles is no stranger to the concept of people creating jobs out of thin air. From valet-parking to dog-walking, if there’s a menial task some Angeleno can’t be bothered to do himself, there’s sure to be an underemployed actor to take it up as a career.
Actor Chuck McCarthy may have taken this concept to its outermost extreme.
He walks people. You know, like someone would have their dog walked, but with actual human beings. He is serious.
Circa has got the scoop on this innovative new service. For seven dollars a mile, Chuck will accompany his clients on walks around town. Aside from the security one gets from having a 6-foot, 2-inch bearded bear of a man accompany them through Runyon Canyon, Chuck is also a listener. "I am confidential," he tells Circa, "unless people don’t want me to be."
The idea’s origin was quite simple. Chuck needed some extra cash, and he, "thought about walking dogs, but I don’t want to pick up dog poop." Humans, for the most part, wouldn’t pose that problem, so voila, a new startup business was born.
There have been a few hiccups along the way. Some clients have requested he not wear his homemade "The People Walker" t-shirt whilst on walks. Most people don’t necessarily want people to know they’re being walked, he says.
Chuck might be wrong on that account. According to The People Walker Facebook page, with all of the recent publicity he has garnered, he is overwhelmed with walk requests.
- Weird jobs: This man doesn't walk dogs, he walks people [Circa]
- The People Walker [Official Page]