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Rich New Yorkers are hiring line-waiters to sit in COVID-19 testing queues
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Wealthy New Yorkers are shelling out big bucks to professional line waiters so they won’t have to sit in hours-long COVID-19 testing queues ahead of Thanksgiving.
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Cash-strapped locals who offer their line-sitting services on freelance marketplace TaskRabbit told The Post they’ve been charging up to $80 an hour for the service — and people are paying.
“I’ve already done this about five times already,” said one out-of-work writer as she waited in a CityMD line in Soho for someone else.
NYC SEES SIX-HOUR LINES FOR COVID-19 TESTING AHEAD OF THANKSGIVING
“One day I got hired to do two lines, so that’s how busy it is. Every day I’m getting inquiries.”
Even as New Yorkers are advised to cancel Thanksgiving plans and only celebrate with their immediate households, thousands are hitting testing sites for some reassurance — and paperwork — ahead of travel and Turkey Day bashes.
But those who don’t have time — or the will — to wait out in the cold all day are turning to stand-ins to do the hard part.