You've heard the old stereotype that no one walks in Los Angeles?
It's a pretty widespread myth. There's even a song called "Walking in L.A." all about how nobody walks in L.A.So maybe that's why the story of L.A.'s first "people walker" seems to have struck such a nerve.
It started as a bit of a joke, with some flyers up on light poles in Los Feliz that read:
Actor Chuck McCarthy is the man behind "The People Walker." He says the idea came to him when he noticed how many dog walkers and personal trainers were out and about in Griffith Park.
Looking to make some extra money, and not too keen to get into dog-walking or personal training himself, he thought, "I'm just going to walk people."
A few flyers, a homemade T-shirt, and a Facebook page later, requests for McCarthy's services started pouring in. People interested in becoming "people walkers" started contacting him too, so he put together a crew to handle parts of L.A. that would take too long for him to drive to.
For folks who do enjoy walking alone (for free), McCarthy says, that's fine by him too.
"Somebody made a comment [online] that I was demonizing people that like to walk alone, treating them like left-handed people were treated hundreds of years ago," McCarthy says. "That's not what this is about."
So who is "The People Walker" service designed for? McCarthy says it's for "people that can't coordinate with friends and family, or don't have friends and family around them, people who just need motivation, or people that just want to meet someone that's not connected to them."
And if you're interested just because you think it sounds funny, that works for McCarthy too-- just as long as you're willing to part with $7 per mile for a laugh.
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