The Great Destroyer Storm of Doom and Fury and Armageddon and Milk Shortage has really brought out the old “I don’t know you, but I’ll do anything I can for you” attitude that makes Burghers awesome. I know you’ve seen it, too. Shovel-wielding Burghers pitching in to do what needs to be done so that everyday life can go on.
Pittsburgh Parking Authority meter readers who were told to shovel snow around public garages weren’t happy about that, either.
“They are doing jobs that are to be done by facility operators from the Teamsters union,” said Shawn Beck, union steward for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2719.
“They’re not getting the training that they need to be shown how to properly shovel snow. … They’re not getting trained in how to lift 50-pound bags of salt.
They weren’t trained in how to properly shovel snow?! Oh, the HUMANITY! This is like throwing a firefighter into the OR and saying, “Hey, remove that guy’s tumor and then when you’re done, I’ve got a double transplant you can get started on,” without giving him any training.
Shoveling is hard enough if you don’t know the proper way to do it. Without training, you might shovel the snow in front of you only to throw it directly behind you, or even worse, you might flip it straight up in the air, showering yourself in cold, deadly snow. When my husband first moved here from Cancun, he had never seen, let alone shoveled snow and that’s why I explained to him that he can’t just expect to pick up a shovel and start moving snow out of the way to form a path. It doesn’t work that way. It’s not that easy. YOU NEED TRAINING, I shouted.
And seriously, without the proper training, I can guarantee that we are going to see a huge number of meter readers being rushed to the emergency room with dislocated jaws because they tried to lift 50-pound bags of salt with their teeth instead of their arms.
“One’s already down … with an injury,” he said, “and I’ve got more wounded people coming in.”
If you feel that you cannot shovel snow or lift a bag of salt without being trained to do it, I am going to assume that you are one of the following:
2. A dolphin.
4. All of the above.
Shawn Beck is the next annoying Burgher for being so over the top hyperbolic. Your crown is in the mail and by crown I mean your very own copy of “Basic Life Skills for Dummies.”
I highly recommend Chapter 6: “Mastering the light switch: No training necessary!”
(h/t Jess. Also, Chad Hermann has a great take on this)