Chair service advertisement

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Although typical street vendors must consider how best to display the goods they sell, there are also plenty of interesting examples of vendors displaying available services. For this sidewalk-based masseuse/manicurist, the display (and advertising) is simple: the pink chair is for clients, the wired-together green plastic stool is where the masseuse sits, and the remaining stool acts as the “shelf” for holding nail-cutting tools and fragrant oils for anointing customers’ feet. When I walked by, he asked whether I wanted a pedicure.

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What level of exposure to such a street-based service display is required before one is able to discern who is selling their services as a manicurist and who is just sitting in a patch of shade with some empty stools? What is the price of misidentification? Is there an equivalently “ambiguous” example of a street-based service advertisement in your context?

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