When I was a kid, some men would see road crews leaning on their shovels and called them lazy bastards.
My father had worked a lumber camp in his youth and tell his friends, “You’ve never worked a day in your life, if you say that.”
He was an electrical engineer. His hands were soft, but his voice revealed his respect for a rest.
Farangs criticize Thais for laziness without realizing that Thai workers are pushed to the limit.
10 hours a day. 6 days a week. 200-300 baht a day.
The money goes to cigarettes and alcohol to fuel their labor, so they’ll find someplace to catch up on their sleep and no one does it better than this day-laborer lying on a steel I-beam atop a townhouse.
Click on photo to enlarge and you’ll see how comfortable a man can be when he is worked to a frazzle.
Non dee, comrade.