The City Exposed

A recent Friday at 10:01 a.m.: Lured by the intrigue of International Red’s powder-pink pimp suit and matching fedora, a small boy at the cable car turnaround was tempted to take a closer look at a set of shiny watches nestled in boxes at the end of the self-proclaimed hustler’s outstretched arms. The boy’s mother took one look at Red and immediately yanked her son in the other direction. His game is simple: He buys low and tries to sell high, and for 15 years, Red, 59, has been honing his sales pitch. He walks the sidewalks — sometimes as much as 12 hours a day - looking for that one person who needs a watch today. “You have to look the part, first of all. You have to have style and swagger,” he said. “Personality has a lot to do with it too.” Despite his efforts today, business is slow, and after three hours he’s sold only one watch. “It not like you make a lot of money, but it’s safe. You’re not going to go to jail or have someone get mad at you,” he said.


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