People line up to buy toilet paper and baby diapers as national guards control the access at a supermarket in downtown Caracas January 19, 2015. There’s a booming new profession in Venezuela: standing in line. The job usually involves starting before dawn, enduring long hours under the Caribbean sun, dodging or bribing police, and then selling a coveted spot at the front of huge shopping lines. As Venezuela’s ailing economy spawns unprecedented shortages of basic goods, panic-buying and a rush to snap up subsidized food, demand is high and the pay is reasonable. Picture taken January 19, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
I was in the supermarket the other day pre-snowpacalypse and all eyes were rolling and looking at each other with nasty looks when the woman holding up the line took out her 'benefits' card wasn't working"
Crime is already a problem on Venezuela's roads and in its shops, and now trucks carrying food across the country are a target as shortages of basics like flour and chicken worsen.
A restriction on dollars for imports has worsened shortages since the start of the new year and food delivery has become increasingly risky, despite additions of GPS devices and in some cases accompaniment by private security guards.
"I won't transport food anymore because the streets are too dangerous," said Orlando Garcia, a 37-year-old driver from the western state of Tachira who has been ambushed twice.
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