Cheers for all the interesting replies folks star for everyone, and I apologise only paraphi wins the reply this evening as I'm proper beat after
work, and he had the last word...
a reply to: paraphi
If the clean-up team are employed by the council anyway then there is certainly a cost of materials/paint/products/etc, but the wage bill is likely to
be the same.
Keeps people in quick to learn, not so skilled work as well (as I was happy when doing the same many years ago as a skint student), same with litter
for the council pickers who I have absolute respect for, looked down at by some people, but I always say thanks for doing a brilliant job when I see
one working hard.
Spoke to one last week in the high street, he had picked every single cigarette stub on the pavement I was walking until I caught up with him,
excellent job and I told him his hard work made me much less pissed off paying my council tax.
The guy smiled like he didn't hear it that often, he clearly had impaired learning/communication development of some diagnosis, but was sharp as a
hawk with his grabby-stick-picker-upper-thing, fastidious even. I was impressed.
But lets be honest, outside of local government which follows discrimination and employment rules much more than private business does, the guy would
struggle to find work if he got laid off.
So, although I do not litter myself, it is good there is enough litter around to keep that guy in a job.
I suppose the biggest difference with cleaning up graffiti is the resources paint/chemicals/etc, but I'm sure all the UK suppliers with contracts for
councils are happy with graffiti, as are their employees.
The wider picture is an interesting one for sure when looking at the whole economy.
edit on 8.7.2015 by grainofsand because: Typo