Washington (CNN) - A half dozen people waited in line outside the Supreme Court Friday afternoon, days before justices hear arguments in a landmark case on the constitutionality of a health care reform law backed by the Obama administration.
The people weren't actually waiting in line to see the arguments themselves but said they were being paid by a company to hold others' spots in line.
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Numerous companies in the DC-area provide line-standing services for events such as Congressional hearings. The idea is the line holder will do the grunt work and wait as long as it takes to land a spot in the hearing, then the person actually attending the event will switch out with them before it's time to enter.
Some people waiting in front of the Supreme Court Friday said they'd be there for 24 hours or more before they would be relieved by someone else and had packed food accordingly.
Tickets inside the court can't be had until Monday and even those will provide viewers only a few minutes inside during the arguments. The number of tickets available to the public varies from case to case but is typically around 50.