"Excuse me ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention please. Pardon the interruption..."
The announcement is familiar to many New Yorkers, who as they ride the subway, get visits from various people asking for their spare change, sometimes in exchange for an accordion tune, a belted 1960s ballad, or a pack of M&M peanuts. Probably few of those travelers know that at least one of those peddlers earns $150 a day.
Alex "Tracks" McFarland started selling candy on the subway at age 11, and is the subject of a two-minute documentary by Bianca Consunji (via New York magazine). With his 13 years of experience, Tracks knows the business well. Peanut M&Ms is his biggest seller, but he's got Welch's Fruit Snacks if you prefer your candy grape-flavored and gummy.
There are trail mix bars "for people who like to eat healthy," he says. "But this has got the most sugar in it," he chuckles.
Tracks carries cookies too -- Famous Amos chocolate chip and shortbread, "for people who claim they don't eat candy."