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Athens scrap dealer defies taboos in crisis-hit Greece

Dimitris (second name not given), 56, poses inside his three-wheeler at a scrap weigh station in Athens January 23, 2013. With his red beanie hat and rickety three-wheeler, Dimitris cuts an unlikely figure as he dives head-first in the garbage scouring for scrap in Athens's wealthy suburbs. The unemployed builder is one of the few Greeks to defy taboos by becoming a scrap dealer in a country where the job is considered the lowly domain of illegal migrants. Picture taken January 23, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

Dimitris (second name not given), 56, poses inside his three-wheeler at a scrap weigh station in Athens January 23, 2013. With his red beanie hat and rickety three-wheeler, Dimitris cuts an unlikely figure as he dives head-first in the garbage...more

Dimitris (second name not given), 56, poses inside his three-wheeler at a scrap weigh station in Athens January 23, 2013. With his red beanie hat and rickety three-wheeler, Dimitris cuts an unlikely figure as he dives head-first in the garbage scouring for scrap in Athens's wealthy suburbs. The unemployed builder is one of the few Greeks to defy taboos by becoming a scrap dealer in a country where the job is considered the lowly domain of illegal migrants. Picture taken January 23, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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Dimitris (second name not given), 56, searches a recycling bin in northern Athens January 23, 2013. With his red beanie hat and rickety three-wheeler, Dimitris cuts an unlikely figure as he dives head-first in the garbage scouring for scrap in Athens's wealthy suburbs. The unemployed builder is one of the few Greeks to defy taboos by becoming a scrap dealer in a country where the job is considered the lowly domain of illegal migrants. Picture taken January 23, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

Dimitris (second name not given), 56, searches a recycling bin in northern Athens January 23, 2013. With his red beanie hat and rickety three-wheeler, Dimitris cuts an unlikely figure as he dives head-first in the garbage scouring for scrap in...more

Dimitris (second name not given), 56, searches a recycling bin in northern Athens January 23, 2013. With his red beanie hat and rickety three-wheeler, Dimitris cuts an unlikely figure as he dives head-first in the garbage scouring for scrap in Athens's wealthy suburbs. The unemployed builder is one of the few Greeks to defy taboos by becoming a scrap dealer in a country where the job is considered the lowly domain of illegal migrants. Picture taken January 23, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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Dimitris (second name not given), 56, searches a recycling bin in northern Athens January 23, 2013. With his red beanie hat and rickety three-wheeler, Dimitris cuts an unlikely figure as he dives head-first in the garbage scouring for scrap in Athens's wealthy suburbs. The unemployed builder is one of the few Greeks to defy taboos by becoming a scrap dealer in a country where the job is considered the lowly domain of illegal migrants. Picture taken January 23, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

Dimitris (second name not given), 56, searches a recycling bin in northern Athens January 23, 2013. With his red beanie hat and rickety three-wheeler, Dimitris cuts an unlikely figure as he dives head-first in the garbage scouring for scrap in...more

Dimitris (second name not given), 56, searches a recycling bin in northern Athens January 23, 2013. With his red beanie hat and rickety three-wheeler, Dimitris cuts an unlikely figure as he dives head-first in the garbage scouring for scrap in Athens's wealthy suburbs. The unemployed builder is one of the few Greeks to defy taboos by becoming a scrap dealer in a country where the job is considered the lowly domain of illegal migrants. Picture taken January 23, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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Greek Dimitris (second name not given), 56, poses inside his three-wheeler with his fellow scrap dealers Naim Muhammad (R), 25 and Abdel Malek (L), 22, both from Pakistan, at a scrap weigh station in Athens January 23, 2013. With his red beanie hat and rickety three-wheeler, Dimitris cuts an unlikely figure as he dives head-first in the garbage scouring for scrap in Athens's wealthy suburbs. The unemployed builder is one of the few Greeks to defy taboos by becoming a scrap dealer in a country where the job is considered the lowly domain of illegal migrants. Picture taken January 23, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

Greek Dimitris (second name not given), 56, poses inside his three-wheeler with his fellow scrap dealers Naim Muhammad (R), 25 and Abdel Malek (L), 22, both from Pakistan, at a scrap weigh station in Athens January 23, 2013. With his red beanie hat...more

Greek Dimitris (second name not given), 56, poses inside his three-wheeler with his fellow scrap dealers Naim Muhammad (R), 25 and Abdel Malek (L), 22, both from Pakistan, at a scrap weigh station in Athens January 23, 2013. With his red beanie hat and rickety three-wheeler, Dimitris cuts an unlikely figure as he dives head-first in the garbage scouring for scrap in Athens's wealthy suburbs. The unemployed builder is one of the few Greeks to defy taboos by becoming a scrap dealer in a country where the job is considered the lowly domain of illegal migrants. Picture taken January 23, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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Forty-year-old scrap dealer Hussein Tanveer of Pakistan poses at a scrap weigh station in Athens January 21, 2013. Dozens of poor, usually African or Asian migrant, scrap hunters are spotted in rundown areas balancing supermarket trolleys stacked with metal, plastic and paper. Picture taken January 21, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis

Forty-year-old scrap dealer Hussein Tanveer of Pakistan poses at a scrap weigh station in Athens January 21, 2013. Dozens of poor, usually African or Asian migrant, scrap hunters are spotted in rundown areas balancing supermarket trolleys stacked...more

Forty-year-old scrap dealer Hussein Tanveer of Pakistan poses at a scrap weigh station in Athens January 21, 2013. Dozens of poor, usually African or Asian migrant, scrap hunters are spotted in rundown areas balancing supermarket trolleys stacked with metal, plastic and paper. Picture taken January 21, 2013. REUTERS/John Kolesidis
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