A Tokyo company called Office Agents has a booming business in renting people out for a couple hundred bucks a head as wedding guests. It’s a popular service among those who want to impress their spouses with the number of good-looking, amiable friends they have. You can even rent a fake boss or colleague if you’re unemployed but need to pretend to you aren’t to your spouse’s friends or family. Apparently, this service is doing even better during the recession because of this. The Telegraph reports:
At one recent wedding, the groom secretly arranged for all 30 guests to be hired as friends and family members as it was his second marriage and he did not want the same guests present as the first time round.
Stand-in lovers, pretend secretaries and distant relatives are among a colourful cast of popular roles played by the company’s army of fakers.
Describing the necessary credentials for his “fakers”, Mr Mizutani said: “They are cheery and clean and look like they have regular jobs.”
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