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Every Day I’m Hustlin’

Patrick Sudduth

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Matt Kelley

Patrick Sudduth

“IF IT CAN FIT IN A BAG, we’ve probably delivered it,” says bike messenger Patrick Sudduth. Prior to becoming a messenger, Sudduth did construction work in Washington, D.C., until his roommate told him about an opening at a courier company in town. Already an avid cyclist, Sudduth jumped at the opportunity. “It just felt great having the kind of freedom you get when you are riding your bike all day,” he says.

Sudduth rides in all conceivable weather conditions under deadlines ranging anywhere from two hours to as little as 20 minutes. On average he can make between $100 and $150 a day. “We’re pretty much paralegals and more these days,” Sudduth says. “We file people’s taxes, deliver court summons, incorporate businesses for lawyers . . . we even deliver things like body parts to state labs.”

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