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What occupations are legal yet slightly nefarious and/or seedy?

Asked by give_seek (739points) May 8th, 2019

Hello. I’m writing a short story, and I’d like to give the main character an interesting (perhaps even unusual) occupation. Having the occupation be a touch unsavory would connect with the plot I’m developing.

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Darth_Algar's avatar

Pawn broker.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

A spammy telemarketing rep.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Bouncer at a seedy pub (with all respect to MrGrimm)

zenvelo's avatar

Border Patrol agent. ICE agent.

janbb's avatar

Repo man

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

Politician. Ambulance chasing accident lawer.

gorillapaws's avatar

Payday lender, heath insurance executive, viral marketing specialist, big data analyst, factory farmer, street magician, pool hustler, used car salesman, mechanic, private prison manager.

josie's avatar

Agree politician.
Annuity broker.

give_seek's avatar

These are such great suggestions. The payday lender is especially intriguing. Thanks @gorillapaws

stanleybmanly's avatar

Lobbyist. Bounty hunter. Fortune teller. Snake oil salesman.

filmfann's avatar

Publicity agent
Bounty hunter

LostInParadise's avatar

stripper, ghost writer, hunting trip organizer, gossip columnist, tabloid reporter, motivational speaker, professional wrestler

LuckyGuy's avatar

1) Metal Recycling center operator. Stolen oods go in, the thief is paid, and the center resells the scrap to large metal processors at a profit.
2) Pawn shop owner
3) Drug Reseller like RDC. In the news recently

ragingloli's avatar

Pigs, soldiers, lawyers, politicians, bankers, door-to-door salespeople, telemarketers, hunters, gunshop-owners, gun-range owners, gun youtubers, fox news functionaries, priests and pastors, missionaries, secret agents, insurance agents, your mum.

Patty_Melt's avatar

How about the unlikely?
Avon lady came to my mind. Those shady bitches go in houses, nobody suspects them. Wives of shady characters invite them right in.

rojo's avatar

Funeral Services Director
The guy that picks up and disposes of road kills
Line worker at a chicken processing plant
Slaughter house worker
Body Part model

gondwanalon's avatar

Annuity pushers.

Used car sales person.

Reverse mortgage pushers.

give_seek's avatar

@stanleybmanly The fortune teller occupation is a fascinating one. Thanks!

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