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Standing in Line - 22 Jan 2015
There's a booming new profession in Venezuela: standing in line.

The job usually involves starting before dawn, enduring long hours under the Caribbean sun, dodging or bribing police, and then selling a coveted spot at the front of huge shopping lines.

As Venezuela's ailing economy spawns unprecedented shortages of basic goods, panic-buying and a rush to snap up subsidized food, demand is high and the pay is reasonable.
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January 21, 2015
Humberto Garcia, 66, lines up outside a supermarket waiting for any basic goods to be sold in Caracas...
Caracas, Venezuela
A man lines up outside a supermarket waiting for any basic goods to be sold in Caracas
Humberto Garcia, 66, lines up outside a supermarket waiting for any basic goods to be sold in Caracas January 19, 2015. There's a booming new profession in Venezuela: standing in line. The job usually involves starting before dawn, enduring long hours under the Caribbean sun, dodging or bribing police, and then selling a coveted spot at the front of huge shopping lines. As Venezuela's ailing economy spawns unprecedented shortages of basic goods, panic-buying and a rush to snap up subsidized food, demand is high and the pay is reasonable. Picture taken January 19, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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January 21, 2015
National guards stand at a supermarket entrance as people line up outside in Caracas January 19, 2015....
Caracas, Venezuela
National guards stand a supermarket entrance as people line up outside in Caracas
National guards stand at a supermarket entrance as people line up outside in Caracas January 19, 2015. There's a booming new profession in Venezuela: standing in line. The job usually involves starting before dawn, enduring long hours under the Caribbean sun, dodging or bribing police, and then selling a coveted spot at the front of huge shopping lines. As Venezuela's ailing economy spawns unprecedented shortages of basic goods, panic-buying and a rush to snap up subsidized food, demand is high and the pay is reasonable. Picture taken January 19, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS SOCIETY)
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January 12, 2015
People line up outside a supermarket to buy toilet paper in Caracas January 12, 2015. Lines swelled at...
Caracas, Venezuela
People line up outside a supermarket to buy toilet paper in Caracas
People line up outside a supermarket to buy toilet paper in Caracas January 12, 2015. Lines swelled at Venezuelan supermarkets on Friday with shoppers queuing up by the hundreds to seek products ranging from chicken to laundry detergent, as a holiday slowdown in deliveries sharpened the OPEC nation's nagging product shortages. Queues snaked around the block at grocery stores and pharmacies around the country, with consumers in some cases gathering before dawn under the gaze of national guard troops posted to maintain order. Reuters/Jorge Silva (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS SOCIETY)
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January 21, 2015
People line up to buy toilet paper and baby diapers at a supermarket in downtown Caracas January 19,...
Caracas, Venezuela
People line up to buy toilet paper and baby diapers at a supermarket in downtown Caracas
People line up to buy toilet paper and baby diapers at a supermarket in downtown Caracas January 19, 2015. There's a booming new profession in Venezuela: standing in line. The job usually involves starting before dawn, enduring long hours under the Caribbean sun, dodging or bribing police, and then selling a coveted spot at the front of huge shopping lines. As Venezuela's ailing economy spawns unprecedented shortages of basic goods, panic-buying and a rush to snap up subsidized food, demand is high and the pay is reasonable. Picture taken January 19, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS SOCIETY)
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January 21, 2015
People line up outside a pharmacy to buy baby diapers in Caracas January 19, 2015. There's a booming...
Caracas, Venezuela
People line up outside a pharmacy to buy baby diapers in Caracas
People line up outside a pharmacy to buy baby diapers in Caracas January 19, 2015. There's a booming new profession in Venezuela: standing in line. The job usually involves starting before dawn, enduring long hours under the Caribbean sun, dodging or bribing police, and then selling a coveted spot at the front of huge shopping lines. As Venezuela's ailing economy spawns unprecedented shortages of basic goods, panic-buying and a rush to snap up subsidized food, demand is high and the pay is reasonable. Picture taken January 19, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS SOCIETY)
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January 21, 2015
People line up to buy toilet paper at a supermarket in downtown Caracas January 19, 2015. There's a booming...
Caracas, Venezuela
People line up to buy toilet paper at a supermarket in downtown Caracas
People line up to buy toilet paper at a supermarket in downtown Caracas January 19, 2015. There's a booming new profession in Venezuela: standing in line. The job usually involves starting before dawn, enduring long hours under the Caribbean sun, dodging or bribing police, and then selling a coveted spot at the front of huge shopping lines. As Venezuela's ailing economy spawns unprecedented shortages of basic goods, panic-buying and a rush to snap up subsidized food, demand is high and the pay is reasonable. Picture taken January 19, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS SOCIETY)
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January 16, 2015
National guards control the entrance of a private supermarket as people line up to enter in San Cristobal...
San Cristobal, Venezuela
National guards control the entrance of a private supermarket as people line up to enter in San Cristobal...
National guards control the entrance of a private supermarket as people line up to enter in San Cristobal January 15, 2015. Masked youths are once again blocking streets and burning tires in the Venezuelan city of San Cristobal, epicenter of last year's massive anti-government protests. The groups are small and the unrest contained, but tensions are unmistakably rising in this scarcity-ravaged Andean city close to the Colombian border. Picture taken January 15, 2015. To match VENEZUELA-PROTEST/ REUTERS/Carlos Eduardo Ramirez (VENEZUELA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS SOCIETY)
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January 11, 2015
People show numbers written on their arms with the order they should enter at the state-run Bicentenario...
Maracaibo, Venezuela
People show numbers written on their arms with the order they should enter at the state-run Bicentenario...
People show numbers written on their arms with the order they should enter at the state-run Bicentenario supermarket in Maracaibo January 11, 2015. Lines are swelling at Venezuelan supermarkets, with some shoppers showing up before dawn in search of products ranging from chicken to laundry detergent, as a holiday slowdown in deliveries sharpened the nation's nagging product shortages. Queues snaked around the block at grocery stores and pharmacies around the country on Friday, with consumers in some cases gathering before dawn under the gaze of National Guard troops posted to maintain order. REUTERS/Isaac Urrutia (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS SOCIETY)
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January 11, 2015
People wait before sunrise to enter the state-run Bicentenario supermarket in Maracaibo January 11, 2015....
Maracaibo, Venezuela
People wait before sunrise to enter the state-run Bicentenario supermarket in Maracaibo
People wait before sunrise to enter the state-run Bicentenario supermarket in Maracaibo January 11, 2015. Lines are swelling at Venezuelan supermarkets, with some shoppers showing up before dawn in search of products ranging from chicken to laundry detergent, as a holiday slowdown in deliveries sharpened the nation's nagging product shortages. Queues snaked around the block at grocery stores and pharmacies around the country on Friday, with consumers in some cases gathering before dawn under the gaze of National Guard troops posted to maintain order. REUTERS/Isaac Urrutia (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS SOCIETY)
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January 09, 2015
Customers walk carrying oil among empty shelves inside a Makro supermarket in Caracas January 9, 2015....
Caracas, Venezuela
Customers walk carrying oil among empty shelves inside a Makro supermarket in Caracas
Customers walk carrying oil among empty shelves inside a Makro supermarket in Caracas January 9, 2015. Lines are swelling at Venezuelan supermarkets, with some shoppers showing up before dawn in search of products ranging from chicken to laundry detergent, as a holiday slowdown in deliveries sharpened the nation's nagging product shortages. Queues snaked around the block at grocery stores and pharmacies around the country on Friday, with consumers in some cases gathering before dawn under the gaze of National Guard troops posted to maintain order. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS SOCIETY FOOD)
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January 09, 2015
People walk at the refrigerated foods section inside a Makro supermarket in Caracas January 9, 2015....
Caracas, Venezuela
People walk at the refrigerated foods section inside a Makro supermarket in Caracas
People walk at the refrigerated foods section inside a Makro supermarket in Caracas January 9, 2015. Lines are swelling at Venezuelan supermarkets, with some shoppers showing up before dawn in search of products ranging from chicken to laundry detergent, as a holiday slowdown in deliveries sharpened the nation's nagging product shortages. Queues snaked around the block at grocery stores and pharmacies around the country on Friday, with consumers in some cases gathering before dawn under the gaze of National Guard troops posted to maintain order. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS SOCIETY)
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January 09, 2015
People stand in line to buy goods outside a state-run supermarket in Caracas January 9, 2015. Lines swelled...
Caracas, Venezuela
People stand in line to buy goods outside a state-run supermarket in Caracas
People stand in line to buy goods outside a state-run supermarket in Caracas January 9, 2015. Lines swelled at Venezuelan supermarkets on Friday with shoppers queuing up by the hundreds to seek products ranging from chicken to laundry detergent, as a holiday slowdown in deliveries sharpened the OPEC nation's nagging product shortages. Queues snaked around the block at grocery stores and pharmacies around the country, with consumers in some cases gathering before dawn under the gaze of national guard troops posted to maintain order. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins (VENEZUELA - Tags: BUSINESS POLITICS)
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January 09, 2015
People line up outside a state-run Bicentenario supermarket in Caracas January 9, 2015. Lines swelled...
Caracas, Venezuela
People line up outside a state-run Bicentenario supermarket in Caracas
People line up outside a state-run Bicentenario supermarket in Caracas January 9, 2015. Lines swelled at Venezuelan supermarkets on Friday with shoppers queuing up by the hundreds to seek products ranging from chicken to laundry detergent, as a holiday slowdown in deliveries sharpened the OPEC nation's nagging product shortages. Queues snaked around the block at grocery stores and pharmacies around the country, with consumers in some cases gathering before dawn under the gaze of national guard troops posted to maintain order. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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January 09, 2015
National Guards control access as people line up outside a state-run Bicentenario supermarket in Caracas...
Caracas, Venezuela
National Guards control access as people line up outside a state-run Bicentenario supermarket in Caracas...
National Guards control access as people line up outside a state-run Bicentenario supermarket in Caracas January 9, 2015. Lines swelled at Venezuelan supermarkets on Friday with shoppers queuing up by the hundreds to seek products ranging from chicken to laundry detergent, as a holiday slowdown in deliveries sharpened the OPEC nation's nagging product shortages. Queues snaked around the block at grocery stores and pharmacies around the country, with consumers in some cases gathering before dawn under the gaze of national guard troops posted to maintain order. REUTERS/Jorge Silva (VENEZUELA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS MILITARY)
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