Sleeping on the Job #1

When I was a kid, some men would see road crews leaning on their shovels and called them lazy bastards.

My father had worked a lumber camp in his youth and told his white-collar cohorts, “You’ve never worked a day in your life, if you say that.”

He was an electrical engineer. His hands were soft, but his voice revealed his respect for a rest.

Farangs criticize Thais for laziness without realizing that Thai workers are pushed to the limit.

10 hours a day. 6 days a week. 200-300 baht a day.

The money goes to cigarettes and alcohol to fuel their labor, so they’ll find someplace to catch up on their sleep and no one does it better than this day-laborer lying on a steel beam atop a townhouse.


Click on photo to enlarge and you’ll see how comfortable.

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