The fruttaiolo someone who sold fruit , has different names depending where he or she is from . Il fruttaiuolo who came from the country side brought the fruit in a basket on a donkey and he sold the fruit to whoever passed him in the street or at the market place . Il fruttaiuolo fisso , however sold his fruit always in the same place where he would usually have the same clients everyday . Il lazzarone who were usually women bought the fruit first , placed it into baskets and sold it in the street . In all selling fruit was one of the most widespread occupations and one of the most difficult . Today the lazzarone , women who bought and sold the fruit can not be found but people selling fruit on small trucks and in shops exist .