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How many men does it take to change a lightbulb...?

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How many men does it take to change a lightbulb...?

Seven.
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The photograph shows six men in high-visibility jackets standing around with their arms crossed as one colleague scales a ladder to fix a traffic light.

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Re: How many men does it take to change a lightbulb...?

To be fair, they each had to carry ONE traffic cone and one had the ladder  Grin
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Re: How many men does it take to change a lightbulb...?

They didn't stop the traffic in all three directions?  Very risky.
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Re: How many men does it take to change a lightbulb...?

Nothing would surprise me anymore. The worst thing is the authorities see nothing wrong in wasting time and money - they just have the "oh well..." attitude towards it all.
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Re: How many men does it take to change a lightbulb...?

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he photograph shows six men in high-visibility jackets standing around with their arms crossed as one colleague scales a ladder to fix a traffic light.

A mightly fine example of Public Sector Sub-Contractors at work & play.
One guy will be tasked with quality control and another holds the qualility training plan clipboard. One guy is holding a screwdriver because he's been on the pointy objects safety seminar. And another has a permit to work above 30cm. The others are just colour co-ordinating with the traffic cones.  I do hope that's not a conductive metal ladder they are using on an electrical job?
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Re: How many men does it take to change a lightbulb...?

There are two concepts in play here;
1, "It's NOT our money".... and
2,  If we don't overspend this year, we won't get am increase in budget next year.
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Nothing would surprise me anymore. The worst thing is the authorities see nothing wrong in wasting time and money - they just have the "oh well..." attitude towards it all.

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Devon County Council said the seven men were employed by a private contractor to check the lights were working properly.. A spokesman said: 'The work being carried out was not at the expense of the taxpayer and these are not County Council employees.

It seems that in this case if any criticism is due it needs to be directed at the private sector not the public sector.
Personally I am always reluctant to take any press story at face value.
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Re: How many men does it take to change a lightbulb...?

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I am always reluctant to take any press story at face value.

Maybe, but that story was in the Daily Mail so what's the relevance?
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Re: How many men does it take to change a lightbulb...?

I was reminded of this -
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Re: How many men does it take to change a lightbulb...?

Looking at this photo you can guess see who is doing the most work for the least money !
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I was reminded of this -

That's so true!!!
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Devon County Council said the seven men were employed by a private contractor to check the lights were working properly.. A spokesman said: 'The work being carried out was not at the expense of the taxpayer and these are not County Council employees.

And Devon County Council's Executives don't have their fingers in the tax payer till either.
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Re: How many men does it take to change a lightbulb...?

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The work being carried out was not at the expense of the taxpayer and these are not County Council employees.

Of course it was, whatever process was taking place was factored in to the price, who is the actual employer is irrelevant.
However, it didn't say what they were checking. If it was a whole junction and phasing etc. needed visual verification then it would need a large team to monitor all the lights simultaneously.
Though I'd have though that a video-based technical solution could achieve the same more easily.  Cool
Then again, maybe the team had a whole list of jobs that day and this was just a small one? We'll never know, but it gives everyone a good laugh.  Grin