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Chuck McCarthy's walking service provides fresh air, exercise and companionship for $30 an hour – but peeing on trees is an absolute no-no.McCarthy was joking but the more he thought about it, the more he realized the need for the kind of comradeship he could provide.The People Walker started as a one-man operation two years ago, but demand was so high McCarthy now has a roster of 35 walkers and a website where people can choose routes and walking partners.It's not that people have fewer friends, experts say, but rather that the "gig economy" has produced a generation of freelancers with none of the routines or social bonds that traditionally connected workers.McCarthy's clients come in all shapes and sizes, and walk for a variety of reasons.So having somebody with me, we walk a lot further than I ever thought I could," she told AFP.The freelance theater box office manager noticed as she began going out with McCarthy that her mood and outlook were noticeably more positive.
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