Make Money as a Webcam Star—Without Taking Your Clothes Off

Inside the world of YouNow, a live-streaming app that has shunned ads to create its own strange, tip-based economy

An archived version of a YouNow stream from Mr. Cashier.

Tayser Abuhamdeh recently lost his job at a bodega in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. His boss couldn’t get over the late-night clerk’s habit of using his phone to provide running video commentary on his mundane existence to anyone who cared to tune in. The audience watching Mr. Cashier on the live-streaming service YouNow grew over a year of bodega broadcasts, and so did the tension between Abuhamdeh and his boss. When his employer finally called to fire him, Abuhamdeh was in Chicago taking selfies with fans.

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