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Street vendors cash in on voter crowds

By Muath Freij - Jan 24,2013 - Last updated at Jan 24,2013

AMMAN — Long before polling stations opened at 7:00am on Wednesday, street vendors braved the early morning chill to stake out positions near voting centres in the hope of making some easy money selling snacks and drinks.

Munther Sahouri, who spent election day selling drinks out of the back of his van near a polling station in Amman’s Tlaa Al Ali neighbourhood, said he had been there since voting began that morning.

“This is my profession and I’ve been working in this line for three years. Election day for me is a peak day,” he told The Jordan Times as he prepared a coffee for a customer.

“I usually look for the busiest streets in the capital so I can do a good business. Today I looked for the busiest polling stations,” the 40-year-old added.

Qais Daraghmeh, who was selling sweets and hot drinks, said that he had come to the polling station at 5:00am to find a good spot.

“If you find a good location, you’ll do well,” the 22-year-old political science student said.

Sahouri said his customers were mostly campaign volunteers.

“Most voters did not buy anything because they came to vote in their cars and then went back home, but the volunteers needed hot drinks and sweets because they were working all day,” he explained.

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