Mailmen. Bus/cab/limo/shuttle drivers. Newspaper carriers. Catering drivers. Tow truck drivers. Ice cream truck drivers. UPS guys/girls. And so on…
I’ve worked several jobs in the transportation industry, and I notice that I (and my co-workers) seem to have a rather large target on my back.
I am a victim of other people’s road rage, much more often than when I’m driving my car. I’ve had random boys throw things at my vehicle. People often talk slow and loud to me, as if I cannot comprehend what they’re saying. Whenever I’m just drivng along, it’s not rare that I see women rolling their eyes at me. Cops follow me around, and have been pulled over for stupid things. Hell, even the dogs go crazy. Nearly all of my co-workers say they experience the same things.
I could say it is a status thing. Most transportation jobs aren’t prestigious…but I’ve worked other non-prestigious jobs such as a receptionist and as a restaurant server…I didn’t recieve near as much hostility.
It just seems to be a greater amount of distrust of transportation workers.
We bring people’s mail, food, gifts, newpapers, remove their garbage, drive them around, why all of the hostility?
A similar note, I have several friends who are chronically un- or underemployed, whenever I mention job openings there is absolutely no interest.