So I'm running cable now. I'm a cable guy. It's a neat job, and I'm loving it a lot more than anything I've done before. Only been doing it a month
and I'm still on-job with a trainer, BUT
I'm noticing some trends I really don't like. It has to do with the customers I go to. I am getting a huge eye-opening of how others live, their
incomes, their priorities, stuff like that. You can really learn a lot about a person just by walking throughout their yards and hallways, we go into
closets and kitchens and see it all.
I visit a lot of scuzzy crackhouse type places. And they're springing for multiple cable boxes, internet, and the works. Premium channels, WiFi
internet blah blah blah--stuff I can't currently afford, and couldn't afford working my last job either.
And some of these places are truly disgusting, the smells of a house never cleaned, and the carpets that are just..greasy...yes, greasy. Carpets
aren't supposed to be greasy and oily!.. food and trash decorated throughout..that kind of stuff. Drugs and liquor strewn about, yes.
And then I get to their media stations--It's usually mountains of the latest video games (which, again, I've never been able to afford collections
like these) and I literally saw a TV today as big as the entire wall it was propped against. I had no idea TVs were even made this big. Really.
It's a strange disparity of a house unkempt, filled with trash, and clearly in a state of squalor--and then suddenly, giant TVs, PS4's, etc--not to
mention the shiny car outside.
Speaking of cars, I saw a real POS the other day with a sticker that said, "If I was on welfare I'd be driving an Escalade."
And now it's all kind of starting to make sense to me, this juxtaposition.
These people are clearly living in poorer conditions than I, and I, I can't afford a lot of the gadgets and luxuries I'm installing for them. Is this
simply an 'Escalade' I'm looking at?
(I'm not suggesting that the unhygienic state of the house is linked to the occupant's income--It is just clear from what neighborhoods we visit, the
condition of the house or apartment, etc. etc. etc. There are several clues that tell me about these people and their income.)
How are these people, who can't even bother to pick up their food waste and animal waste, pulling down this kind of money?
I was on food stamps for less than a year (a couple years ago) and it saved my life. As soon as I could, I went into the social services office and
told them I want to cancel my benefits as I have an income now. The agent said, "Really?! Are you sure?! You don't have to do that, you still
I told her I am aware, and that I appreciated the help when I needed it, but now I'm capable of paying for my own food, rent, bills etc. And I do. And
it's a proud feeling for me compared to where I was in the past. And I'm not sore at all that I don't have premium cable, or a PS4.
I'm trying hard not to jump to conclusions or to judge, but I am just frustrated. I owe on my taxes this year, and I don't have lunch money until
Are these people living it up on welfare? I think so, yes, at least some of them are. It doesn't make sense to me any other way. I think I am getting
my first real, live look at this 'welfare state' I keep hearing so much about. I am starting to get truly annoyed by the fact that I owe taxes, so
that someone else can have cable and internet and video games in their ungodly scumholes.
I'd really like to ask some of these people how they can afford their services. I'd really like to tell them to stop living like a rabid animal.
But as my trainer told me when entering creepy crawlspaces, or climbing an aerial (I'm afraid of heights)--just do the job quick and don't think about
it, and then get outta there!
I know this wasn't much of a rant, and not much of a post, but I am having trouble processing this new information!
edit on 30-3-2016 by NarcolepticBuddha because: (no reason given)