This is hauling concrete Chinese style. I watched the whole thing go down from the comfort of my air-conditioned apartment. My cushy American butt
may be is feeling a little guilty.
These men are working on the 6th and 7th floor. Some of them are bare-footed and most are shirtless, it is 91 degrees with a heat index of 98 and it’s only 11 AM. They have been jack-hammering and sledge hammering the floors in the apartment across from us and above us for the past several days. They put the concrete debris in bags which actually look like potato sacks. One man fashioned steps out of the filled sacks, a few bricks, and a board. Then they started hauling it down the steps, yes 6 and 7 flights of steps. These poor guys are hoofing it all the way. I can only imagine what they are getting paid and it’s probably no more than the equivalent of a few dollars a day, if that.
So when I leave my apartment at lunch time or mid-afternoon, they are sacked out on the jack-hammered, sledge hammered, hard, concrete floor in the apartment or on the stair landing (I guess they catch a bit of a breeze?) There is no way my conscience would allow me to step foot on the elevator so I step over them to use the stairs and they never wake up.
This my friends is why China is a nation of thin people and we’re not!
6PM – 100 degrees