The life of a D.C. ‘oil man’


“Oil man” Justin Green waits for train at Southern Avenue Metro Station. Green works from sunrise to sunset selling fragrant oils, mainly on the Green Line. (Yue Wu/The Washington Post)

For a young man looking to support a family with a criminal record and little job experience outside of the drug trade, making ends meet is not a simple task. So more than a few, the Post’s Robert Samuels reports, have turned to slinging fragrant oils on the street and on the Metro — $10 a vial for scents with names like Sexual Sugar Daddy, Amber White, Rihanna and Michelle Obama. It’s hardly lucrative work: Former drug dealer Justin Green says he clears only $1,200 a month being an “oil man,” but it’s a business that fits his skill set. “I learned to sell a product that people need,” Green says. “And I learned how to use a three-beam scale. It’s useful when it comes to measuring out oil in the bottle.”

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Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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