Twitch streamer told bank she was an adult entertainer and got instant no

More and more people are taking up side-hustles – or even full-time jobs – in online entertainment. Whether it’s streaming video games via Twitch, talking about movie spoilers on YouTube, or uploading racy pics to OnlyFans, there are a million ways to make money on the internet.

British online entertainer Poopernoodle describes herself as “the gassiest streamer you'll ever watch”.

The game reviewer says she’s a “barely functional adult with crippling anxiety” who is frequently “teetering on the edge of an existential crisis”.

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But like most adults, she has to deal with the official world of banks now and then. And accidentally telling her bank that she was an "adult entertainer" led to a misunderstanding that nearly ruined her holiday.

Poopernoodle, who lives in Stoke-on-Trent, couldn’t quite see an appropriate job title on the bank’s online form when she was applying for a debit card.

She told the Daily Star: “I was applying to open an account with a bank that would let me use the card overseas as I was going to be travelling that month and wanted to avoid extra charges!"

But the form clearly hadn’t been updated to take into account modern lifestyles: “It asked me what my occupation was, and nothing really fit the bill apart from […] ‘adult online entertainer,’ and I ticked that.”

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Unfortunately, the 24-year-old game streamer hadn’t realised that “adult entertainment” has a quite specific meaning and it’s a business that banks aren’t particularly interested in getting involved with.

“I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s what I am. I’m an adult, and I entertain people online, and then it immediately rejected me.”

The bank clearly didn’t understand that streaming is a serious business these days and Poopernoodle makes a full time living from it. She added: “I started alongside university and after I graduated I just went full-time streaming.

“I’ve been doing it for nearly five years now and only in the last two years has it paid for an OK living, enough for me to move out of my parents this year and support myself fully.”

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However, she admitted she didn’t realise “adult entertainer” was a euphemism for “sex worker”. It was only when she started discussing the banking problem with her mum that the penny dropped.

“It’s pretty awkward explaining the job to people,” Poopernoodle – known to her mum as Lou – said.

When she looked at the bank application “it gave me a drop down list of job options to choose from, and they were all very like socially accepted jobs, like ‘dentist assistant,” Lou said. “There was no option for ‘streamer,’ or ‘broadcaster,’ or anything like that.”

The story has a happy ending though. “Fortunately,” she said, “there was another similar bank I applied to afterwards who accepted me and I managed to get a card I could use for my week away in America.”

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