Friday, November 18, 2016

Another reason it's cheaper in Mexico

I snapped this photo the other day while waiting for my wife to exit from the store we were parked at.
I was thinking to myself how difference things are down here as opposed to NOB.
Here were two workmen that were assigned the task of maintaining the overhead lights at this store. One appeared to be a helper the other was the "master" worker who was cleaning the fixture.
They were both perched high above the parking lot over 40 ft above the ground.
You would never see this in the US.
First of all, in the US they would use a snorkel truck, or bucket truck where one man would be maneuvered up and performed the job solo.
Second of all, there would be yellow tape or orange cones cordoning off the base of the platform, just in case the worker dropped a wrench or something.
Thirdly there would be or two workers guarding the base, so that no one came up to or even though of coming close to the workers.
We don't need all those extra expenses here.  No one backed into the scaffolding, because I saw them working at some other lights the next day.  No supervisors on the ground, nothing.
Plain and simple, a hell of a lot more cost effective too.
I know from personal experience of how expensive it cost to have someone come out to replace light bulbs like that, when we had tenants in a commercial building in Northern California.
You don't even get anyone to show up for less than a couple of thousand dollars.
The businesses here do not have to pass on the horrendous expenses of daily operation like they do NOB.  Like this job, it was plain and simple, no requirements for additional staff, safety equipment, etc.
Here we can purchase all the stuff we need at this supermarket and walk away with stuff for dinner for about 5 to 10 dollars.
Safeway in N.California you were lucky to walk out of there for 50-75 dollars.
But they do have a nicer paved parking lot, better shopping carts, better internal lighting. All more expenses.
Just thinking how lucky we are.

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