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Alexis Granados

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Alexis Granados and her husband

A US couple is providing to camp out all evening and maintain locations within the procuring queue for individuals who wish to splurge on Black Friday offers.

“My husband has nice methods of considering in terms of cash,” says Alexis Granados, of her companion Steven Velasquez .

He lately misplaced his job as a scale operator for a recycling firm.

The pair are charging $50 (£38) every to attend outdoors any retailer in Upland, California, the evening earlier than the Black Friday gross sales.

Being paid to queue shouldn’t be new – however a part of a rising phenomenon inside what is usually often called the gig economic system.

On Activity Rabbit and Bidvine, UK websites that publicize companies from the self-employed, individuals can earn between £15 and £20 a time.

In the meantime, Placer, an app accessible within the US has been created solely to cater for people who find themselves too busy to queue and keen to pay others to do it for them.


An estimated 165.three million persons are anticipated to hit the retailers within the US between Friday and Monday, the Nationwide Retail Federation says.

The procuring bonanza, which originated in America, falls on the Friday after the Thanksgiving vacation – when employees within the US normally have the day without work.

And the California-based Granados couple say the work will assist them to make ends meet. They’re searching for extra conventional jobs, however within the meantime say they’re pleased to choose up odd jobs the place they will.

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Neither have achieved something like this earlier than, however she says “I am fairly positive it will not be our final time. It is really simple cash when you concentrate on it”.

The couple have a automobile, the place they will heat up throughout their queuing time.

They’re promoting their queuing service on social media and a number of other individuals have expressed an curiosity. The duo assure a superb place within the queue and if their buyer shouldn’t be happy they are saying they won’t cost for the service.

“We was once homeless, so it’s not actually a ache for us,” says Ms Granados, saying the cash means rather a lot to them.

Presently the younger couple, who’re of their 20s, have a housing voucher that helped them get off the road. “It was really a stepping stone for us and helped us develop as adults,” says Ms Granados.

Housing help within the US is obtainable to individuals with incomes beneath a sure threshold who need assistance discovering a spot to reside.

With a housing voucher, individuals can safe a spot in social housing.