A Bearded Guy in LA Wants to Walk You - For a Great Reason

Chuck McCarthy makes a living offering companionship on the streets to anyone who will have it.

Oct 7, 2016
Chuck McCarthy is the “People Walker”

Chuck McCarthy is the “People Walker” (Facebook

It may seem like a ridiculous proposition, but Chuck McCarthy has dubbed himself the "People Walker' and he's actually making a living offering companionship on the streets to anyone who will have it. The Los Angeles-based, once underemployed actor now receives hundreds of inquiries a day, which has even prompted him to bring on five other 'people walkers' to cover different sprawling neighborhoods in Los Angeles.

People get in touch for all sorts of reasons, but mainly for motivation to get out of the house and get moving, as a safety element for those who don't want to walk alone at night, or even just as a non-judgmental, helpful ear to listen.

The burly and bearded McCarthy is well aware of the irony of his aha! idea in a city that is infamously known for its clogged freeways, but what started off as a joke between friends has now spiraled into talks of a walking app with reviews similar to Uber. Its success hinges on McCarthy's nonchalant, fun attitude and curious locals up for an adventure. With hand made signs about town that read: "Don’t want people to see you walking alone and just assume you have no friends? Don’t like listening to music or podcasts but can’t walk alone in silence, forced to face thoughts of the unknown future, or your own insignificance in the ever expanding universe?” we're sure the conversation while walking is well worth McCarthy's rate of $7 per mile.

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ELIANNA BAR-EL, CONTRIBUTOR
Elianna has a background in English literature and psychology and works as an editor and freelance wardrobe stylist. She writes on travel, fashion, food and inspiring people.