They've got a tight schedule, and everybody wants their time
It’s kind of like being the ice cream man, except instead of excited small children running out of their houses to enjoy a delicious frozen novelty, it’s angry middle-aged people pouring out into the street asking you to, “Take a look at something real quick." Which, in turn, makes the tech late for his next appointment.
They don't make nearly enough to put up with all the rage
Because for all the unreasonable scheduling, dangerous conditions, and rude customers they deal with on a daily basis, cable techs make -- on average -- about $17 an hour. Yeah, their guess is as good as yours as to why your bill is so high.
Crazy, but they actually want to make you happy
If you’ve ever done volunteer work, you know the inherent joy in giving somebody something they desperately need. So while the money's not great, seeing how happy people get when Game of Thrones pops on the screen is one of the biggest rewards of the job. If you’re happy, they’re happy.
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