Man carries a large bag of the popular Biscoito Globo, sitting on the lane divider at a very busy highway (Linha Vermelha) waiting for the traffic to get jammed (again) so that he can transit freely and sell his products for the people stuck in traffic.
Not in a safe place to be, this man is not alone as many others usually do the same, risking their lives to sell snacks and cold drinks on this and other highways in Rio de Janeiro. Kind of a common scene to spot that authorities seem to ignore.
Undecided drivers + Biscoito Globo sellers are a recipe for prolonging jams. It is funny if not stressing to watch drivers (right in front of you) calling the seller a few seconds before the lane of cars start to move again. All cars move but the one right in front of you, because the driver did not have change or maybe decided to have a quick chat with the seller.
The sellers know the routine of the city. They know the spots where traffic get stuck and get positioned strategically before the rush hour. If you are driving on a free highway and spot some people holding snacks and cold drinks on the shoulder, be prepared to stop due to traffic ahead. If you don’t get stuck in traffic, you got lucky and passed before the whole place jamming.
Photo taken on 18/Mar/2016.