The Working Life

Toiling day-laborers, topless male dancers and telemarketing peons. Everyone's gotta make a buck.

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Confessions of a Professional Fake Shopper

When desperate storeowners want to convince passersby to stop in, they hire fun, happy people to pose as shoppers. They’re actually out-of-work actors, retirees, and me.

My Husband Doesn’t Want Me to Be a Firefighter

I always dreamed of helping people, but I put it all on hold to raise my kids. Now that I've found my calling, I'm facing upheaval at home.

Secret Life of a Psych Ward Security Guard

My brute strength and wrestling skills made me a natural fit to maintain order. But what I really wanted to do was help people.

Every EMT Has One Day That Changed Their Life. This Was Mine.

The city bus was soaked with blood, the patient was fading fast, and the first cop who showed up turned around and puked.

The Hardest Working Trump Impersonator in Showbiz

John Di Domenico and his $4,000 handmade hairpiece are on a nonstop whirlwind of TV shows, podcasts and coast-to-coast gigs. Now he's ready for a yuuuuge nap.

Meet the Enterprising Ecuadorian Street Vendors…of Istanbul

After traveling seven thousand miles to sell their wares, the indigenous Otavalo people have gotten used to turf wars, tussles with Turkish police, and even the occasional...


This Woman Watches an Ungodly Amount of Porn…Because It’s Her Job

From the comfort of coffee shops in Eastern Europe, one web-savvy woman earns her paycheck protecting pornographers from copyright infringement.

Secret Life of a Sexy Waiter at the All-Male Answer to Hooters

How to make a living serving “specialty cock-tails” and alluring “abb-itizers” while shirtless in Texas.

Mr. Ince and the Hope of Being Needed

A year and a half with a tireless Turkish day laborer in Berlin shatters the stereotype of the freeloader in Europe’s pivotal immigration debate.