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World Rich New Yorkers are paying people $80 an hour to wait in long lines for them at COVID-19 testing centres

20:05  24 november  2020
20:05  24 november  2020 Source:   businessinsider.com.au

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People are being paid up to $ 80 / hour . New Yorkers with money to burn are paying people to stand in line for them instead of queueing for a COVID test in the run up to What used to be waiting in line for a new iPhone or theater tickets has now become a COVID - 19 test all through TaskRabbit.

Lines for COVID - 19 tests in Manhattan stretched for more than six hours Monday One local couple said they ’d been waiting for six hours , part of it in the rain, since 6:45 am — and still had another hour to go. “She’s worried.” People waiting in line for over five hours to get tested for COVID - 19 at a

a person standing on a sidewalk: People stand outside a COVID-19 rapid testing centre on the Upper West Side of New York City on September 18, 2020. People stand outside a COVID-19 rapid testing centre on the Upper West Side of New York City on September 18, 2020.
  • Wealthy New Yorkers are paying people to stand in COVID-19 testing lines for them.
  • Demand for tests has surged in the run-up to Thanksgiving, leading to hours-long waits at some testing centres in the city.
  • People who offer to line-sit on freelance marketplace TaskRabbit told the New York Post they have been charging up to $US80 an hour. When they approach the front of the line, they ring the person paying them, who takes their place.
  • One user told the Post they were getting multiple inquiries every day. Most of the people willing to pay are "fairly young, maybe in their 20s" who work from home and "have the money to spend," they said.
  • TaskRabbit told Business Insider: "We encourage Taskers to not accept jobs for which they aren't comfortable for any reason."
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Some rich New Yorkers aren't keen on waiting in line for a COVID-19 test â€" so they're paying other people to do it on their behalf.

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Demand for tests has spiked as the holidays approach and people prepare to meet up with their families, some ignoring Centres for Disease Control and Prevention advice to stay at home. This has led to hours-long waits at some testing centres.

On freelance marketplace TaskRabbit, users are advertising line-sitting services, and some are getting paid hundreds of dollars, the New York Post reported.

When they reach the front of the line, they ring the person paying them, who then takes their place.

One TaskRabbit user, Lucy, told the Post she charged one customer $US80 an hour. When she showed up to wait, she was disappointed because the line looked short, she said. But in the end she waited for three hours, pocketing $US240.

"I was socially distanced, I had my mask on, everyone else was socially distanced and, you know, I just like spent the time in line talking to my grandma and stuff," Lucy said.

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If they determine you should be tested , they will help you make arrangements to have samples taken while If you do not have a health care provider, you can call 1-888-264-2256. In the event the line is Patients with COVID - 19 should remain under home isolation until their medical provider believes

COVID - 19 patients who aren ’t intubated—the vast majority—may also struggle to return to their prior lives. In a recent poll, three-quarters of New Yorkers said they were concerned that the pandemic would cause them serious financial hardship; four in ten said they worried about affording food.

"Every day I'm getting inquiries"

One out-of-work writer waiting in a CityMD line in Soho told the Post they were getting asked to wait in lines every day.

"I've already done this about five times already," she said.

"One day I got hired to do two lines, so that's how busy it is. Every day I'm getting inquiries.

"A lot of people want to visit family or take trips for Thanksgiving and they need some kind of documentation stating they're COVID-free. One of my clients said they're going on a trip and she needs documentation before she goes," said the writer, who asked to remain anonymous.

She said that most of the people willing to pay are "fairly young, maybe in their 20s" who work from home and "have the money to spend."

New York Times journalist Taylor Lorenz posted this video on Twitter, showing a long line of people waiting for a COVID-19 test.

Some social media users expressed concern about people waiting in line on behalf of others, arguing this could worsen the spread of the virus.

"This year, there are some Taskers choosing to wait in line for clients seeking COVID-19 tests," TaskRabbit said in a statement sent to Business Insider.

"Because details of all tasks are shared by clients in advance, Taskers know the types of lines in which they will be waiting, and the decision about whether to accept the task lies with the Tasker.

"We encourage Taskers to not accept jobs for which they aren't comfortable for any reason."

The company added: "As always, the safety and well-being of all users on the platform is our biggest priority, and we ask all Taskers and clients to adhere to safety best practices and TaskRabbit's guidelines for using our platform."

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The US is currently experiencing a third wave of COVID-19. More than 12.4 million cases have been recorded, alongside 257,000 deaths, according to the New York Times COVID-19 tracker.

As more people are getting tested in the runup to Thanksgiving,Business Insider took photos showing some of the long lines in cities across the US, such as Los Angeles and New York.

A US national survey by Ohio State University on November 17 showed 40% of respondents were planning to gather in person with 10 or more people during the holiday season. Additionally, a third of respondents said they would not ask guests to wear masks to their events.

Many states have set restrictions on Thanksgiving gatherings. For example, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced November 11 that gatherings larger than 10 people at private residences are banned.

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