It is not surprising that with a myriad of bicycles and so many canals – not to mention a lot of drunk youngsters - in the Netherlands, the canals are full of worn out bikes which block tourist boats. Often, these guys will dig them up with special machines and clean the canals.
In some remote places of Vietnam that are severely hit by floods, teachers and students need to cross the flowing rivers to go to school by getting into a plastic bag. Usually, the strongest man will cross the river by carrying the bag.
In Bolivia, city authorities employ the so-called traffic zebras, namely people dressed in zebra costumes that help to enforce road safety in the city. Their duty is to make sure drivers stop at red lights and that pedestrians wait at pedestrian crosswalks.
In several areas of Rajasthan in India, women are employed as professional weepers after the death of a male relative. These women are commonly referred to as a ‘rudaali’ openly express their grief of family members who are not allowed to show emotion due to social status. According to the local custom, these women are dressed in black and have to sit, cry and scream out loud.
In Tehran, people get paid just to walk behind your car and prevent your plate number from being captured by traffic cameras in restricted traffic areas. In order to restrict car congestion and pollution, local authorities have introduced a new system that prohibits cars with number plates ending in odd numbers from using this area one day, and cars with even numbers the next day.
The local train network in Mumbai is so huge that checking every single passenger for tickets wouldn’t be logistically possible. Checks take place at random and offenders are fined according to local rules. This is where the ingenuity of the insurance racket idea steps in. This ‘insurance scheme’ ensures that the ticket-less passenger is safe when it comes to potential inspection by the railway authorities or the police. If a person gets caught, he pays the fine which in turn is compensated upon presenting the receipt of the fine. The financial success of this venture is based on the premise that the number of people who sign up is much more than the average number of people who get caught.
Some jobs that are typical of a specific country usually reflect the local traditions, customs and mentality of that country. A Quora thread on unique jobs that exist in particular countries, inspired me to explore some incredible jobs that I didn’t even know existed.
Check out this slideshow to view the top 6 unusual jobs that exist in specific regions in the world…