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Suit up! Meet the Brazilian street vendor who works in style

Brazil, Sao Paulo
August 16, 2019 at 08:05 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thaua Paulista became a hit on the streets of Sao Paulo for his unique way of selling water at the traffic lights: wearing a suit and a tie. Footage shot on Sunday, shows Paulista zigzagging through the dangerous traffic marketing his cold water bottles to waiting drivers.

"Mineral water, cold water," shouts Thaua every time the traffic light turns red. The idea of dressing as a waiter came after a taxi driver refused to buy the water because the bottle was too wet.

And it worked. Thaua now makes more money than if he worked as a waiter in a restaurant. "They don't pay what I make here," said Thaua.

He added that the downside of such a job is not having labour rights and facing the dangers of finding his way between the cars and bikes in the pollution and hectic traffic of Sao Paulo.

"We don't have life insurance - if we get run over -, we don't have a good health environment [at the workplace], seeing that the pollution here is very strong," he added.

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Thaua Paulista became a hit on the streets of Sao Paulo for his unique way of selling water at the traffic lights: wearing a suit and a tie. Footage shot on Sunday, shows Paulista zigzagging through the dangerous traffic marketing his cold water bottles to waiting drivers.

"Mineral water, cold water," shouts Thaua every time the traffic light turns red. The idea of dressing as a waiter came after a taxi driver refused to buy the water because the bottle was too wet.

And it worked. Thaua now makes more money than if he worked as a waiter in a restaurant. "They don't pay what I make here," said Thaua.

He added that the downside of such a job is not having labour rights and facing the dangers of finding his way between the cars and bikes in the pollution and hectic traffic of Sao Paulo.

"We don't have life insurance - if we get run over -, we don't have a good health environment [at the workplace], seeing that the pollution here is very strong," he added.

M/S Thaua advertising his product *UPSOUND* (Portuguese): "Water. Water," Sao Paulo

W/S Thaua running to driver, selling water

M/S Thaua approaching drivers *UPSOUND* (Portuguese): "Hey, man. Do you want some water, boss?"

M/S Thaua announcing water to the drivers

M/S Driver buying water

SOT, Thaua Paulista, street vendor (Portuguese): "It all started when my mother got sick, and she couldn't work any more, so it was just me and my siblings. I decided to sell water at the traffic lights, left my job at this company of hospital supplies, and I started to sell water."

M/S Thaua advertising water to the drivers

M/S Driver buying water

M/S Biker buying water from Thaua

SOT, Thaua Paulista, street vendor (Portuguese): "We have to be careful with the government. They come here, and the street vendors are not allowed to sell at the traffic lights, it is illegal. But it is the job we have, with no legal work registry and no labour rights. We don't have life insurance - if we get run over, we don't have a good health environment [at the workplace], seeing that the pollution here is very strong."

C/U Thaua putting fixing his tie

M/S Thaua advertising his product *UPSOUND* (Portuguese): "Mineral water, cold water."

M/S Thaua talking to driver

SOT, Thaua Paulista, street vendor (Portuguese): "I work on the streets, at a traffic light, because I earn way more than working as a waiter in a restaurant or a bar. They don't pay what I make here."

M/S Thaua advertising his product *UPSOUND* (Portuguese): "Mineral water, cold water."

SOT, Thaua Paulista, street vendor (Portuguese): "A taxi driver ordered a water and, when I handed it to him, it came out all wet and wet the car. So he said he wouldn't buy from me anymore because it was all wet. That gave me the idea, after two years working on the streets, of wearing a suit and bringing a cloth to dry the water, as usual. And so it was, after two years [I started it], and now I am doing this for four years already."

W/S Thaua loading a cart with water cooler

C/U Water cooler

M/S Thaua loading a bowl with cold water bottles

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