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(WTOP)   How waiting for the cable guy costs the economy $37.7 billion per year   (wtop.com) divider line 41
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2011-11-10 11:33:48 AM  
From the Department of pulling numbers out of their asses?
 
2011-11-10 11:33:57 AM  
What if the Super Bowl was on last night, and I'm "sick" at home?

KAPLOW! I just blew your mind.
 
2011-11-10 11:35:39 AM  
encrypted-tbn0.google.com
 
2011-11-10 11:35:52 AM  
Still no numbers calculated to determine how much waiting for people to post on Fark threads waste?
 
2011-11-10 11:35:55 AM  
Bastard children?
 
2011-11-10 11:36:29 AM  
$37 billion trifecta in play!
 
2011-11-10 11:37:03 AM  
meh, red lights cost more, uses more gasoline,more polluton, and make just as angry.
 
2011-11-10 11:37:34 AM  
"Git R Dun" is not a guarantee of prompt service.
 
2011-11-10 11:39:07 AM  
Besides the bullshiat number, people choose to waste those hours waiting for a repair guy. In today's age, there's no reason you should actually miss work. E-mail can be accessed from virtually anywhere, as can reports, meetings, etc.

Sometimes the repair guy gives people an excuse to just relax for a couple hours. And I can guarantee you that those hours probably would've been wasted anyway, whether they're in the office or not.
 
2011-11-10 11:40:11 AM  
That article was just a very wordy ad for TOA Technologies.
 
2011-11-10 11:40:24 AM  

bighairyguy: $37 billion trifecta in play!


Wow. Seen a lot of those but this is a first. Good call, good sir.
 
2011-11-10 11:41:33 AM  
Yes, and was it UPS or Fed ex that saved umpty trillion dollars by never taking left turns.
 
2011-11-10 11:42:19 AM  
But when I'm waiting for the cable guy I'm not just sitting around on my thumbs.

I'm a busy guy and life is short so instead of wasting my time I'm usually rubbing one out on the couch, bleaching the stained money that guy sold me in the wal-mart parking lot or watching the "best of the cosby show" DVD collection.

You gotta be productive in this economy if you're going to stand a chance.
 
2011-11-10 11:43:29 AM  

BurnShrike: Still no numbers calculated to determine how much waiting for people to post on Fark threads waste?


Believe it or not, Fark actually HELPS my productivity. Yea, you heard it right.

I work from home most of the time (long hours), if I didn't Fark I'd need to leave the house for distraction and be out for few hours. Fark keeps me at the computer. 15 minutes a few times a day isn't bad.

/I'll agree, it's a thin line to walk. 15 minute break can turn into hours if not careful. Rescue Time (pops) is a good service. Keeps me in line
//and standing desks are a necessity when at a computer for more than 8 hours a day.
 
2011-11-10 11:47:41 AM  

scottydoesntknow: Besides the bullshiat number, people choose to waste those hours waiting for a repair guy. In today's age, there's no reason you should actually miss work. E-mail can be accessed from virtually anywhere, as can reports, meetings, etc.

Sometimes the repair guy gives people an excuse to just relax for a couple hours. And I can guarantee you that those hours probably would've been wasted anyway, whether they're in the office or not.


Solid point, because everyone works in an office.
 
2011-11-10 11:47:52 AM  
And not a single fark was given
 
2011-11-10 11:47:56 AM  
Does this study take into account that BreezyWheeze can get his work done in two hours a day?
 
2011-11-10 11:48:22 AM  
I wonder how much news aggregator sites cost us.
 
2011-11-10 11:48:56 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: scottydoesntknow: Besides the bullshiat number, people choose to waste those hours waiting for a repair guy. In today's age, there's no reason you should actually miss work. E-mail can be accessed from virtually anywhere, as can reports, meetings, etc.

Sometimes the repair guy gives people an excuse to just relax for a couple hours. And I can guarantee you that those hours probably would've been wasted anyway, whether they're in the office or not.

Solid point, because everyone works in an office.


Truth.

I work in a kangaroo pouch.
 
2011-11-10 11:51:34 AM  
media.nj.com
 
2011-11-10 11:57:25 AM  
As a cable guy, I approve of making your lives help as you wait 'between 12 and 5'
 
2011-11-10 12:15:14 PM  
This means we need to be taxing the cable companies to the tune of 38.8 billion per year.
 
2011-11-10 12:15:59 PM  
And no mention of how much money was wasted conducting a study on wasted time...
 
2011-11-10 12:16:46 PM  
spoilt bastards should thank God almighty for cable guy. cable guy brings joy to millions. as if all those hours on the couch viewing sports, movies, game shows and farkin' Oprah is productive in itself.

do what Kritter does: keep a 'friend' secured in the basement that you can entertain yourself with during downtime. You're Never Alone with a Schizophrenic.
 
2011-11-10 12:17:04 PM  
Not that I like waiting for the cable guy, but I find most of these "costs the economy" calculations to be complete bullshiat.

If your job is the kind where someone can fill in for you, then they get paid instead of you. Net cost to economy: $0

If your job is so unimportant that you can leave work without someone filling in for you, then you're probably not adding to the economy anyway, and your company may be able use the money that they don't pay you in some other way that does benefit the economy. Net cost to economy: $0

If you make up the time later...
If you go into work with a case of the sniffles instead of taking sick leave...
If the customers that you would have served do their business somewhere else (as long as it's not in another country)...

Net cost to economy: $0
 
2011-11-10 12:17:48 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Besides the bullshiat number, people choose to waste those hours waiting for a repair guy. In today's age, there's no reason you should actually miss work. E-mail can be accessed from virtually anywhere, as can reports, meetings, etc.

Sometimes the repair guy gives people an excuse to just relax for a couple hours. And I can guarantee you that those hours probably would've been wasted anyway, whether they're in the office or not.


What if you have cable internet and DSL/FIOS is unavailable?

/would love for my ISP to have any kind of competition
 
2011-11-10 12:23:14 PM  

ReggieKray: As a cable guy, I approve of making your lives help as you wait 'between 12 and 5'


Yeah right. See we'll see you at 6?
 
2011-11-10 12:27:24 PM  

scottydoesntknow: Besides the bullshiat number, people choose to waste those hours waiting for a repair guy. In today's age, there's no reason you should actually miss work. E-mail can be accessed from virtually anywhere, as can reports, meetings, etc.

Sometimes the repair guy gives people an excuse to just relax for a couple hours. And I can guarantee you that those hours probably would've been wasted anyway, whether they're in the office or not.


Yes I'm sure those things are all very useful for the work from home Mechanics, HVAC techs, and Construction Works.
 
2011-11-10 12:30:15 PM  
I'm sitting here waiting for the water company who claims that they will be here between 12:30 and 4 PM.

/So I'm getting a kick out of this thread.
 
2011-11-10 12:37:31 PM  

X-Geek: Not that I like waiting for the cable guy, but I find most of these "costs the economy" calculations to be complete bullshiat.

If your job is the kind where someone can fill in for you, then they get paid instead of you. Net cost to economy: $0

If your job is so unimportant that you can leave work without someone filling in for you, then you're probably not adding to the economy anyway, and your company may be able use the money that they don't pay you in some other way that does benefit the economy. Net cost to economy: $0

If you make up the time later...
If you go into work with a case of the sniffles instead of taking sick leave...
If the customers that you would have served do their business somewhere else (as long as it's not in another country)...

Net cost to economy: $0


Say you have to take a personal day to stay home, and don't get paid. That's lost income to you, which results in a lower W-2 wage, and most likely less personal spending to make up for the time. Cost to the economy = 1/350 of your annual tax bill + the loss of whatever spending you cut back.


Say you use a vacation day, and then don't have enough days to take a real vacation. Cost to the economy = loss of value of your trip, etc.


Say you use a sick day, then have to go to work sick. Cost to the economy of loss of productivity, and possibly sick coworkers.
 
2011-11-10 12:47:44 PM  
My time is worth eleventy billion dollars per hour, so this sounds low to me.
 
2011-11-10 01:18:16 PM  

Pair-o-Dice: ReggieKray: As a cable guy, I approve of making your lives help as you wait 'between 12 and 5'

Yeah right. See we'll see you at 6?


Pff, no. I'll just call dispatch and have them reschedule. Hopefully someone will call and let you know.
 
2011-11-10 01:39:47 PM  
The amount of time wasted waiting for the cable guy is nothing compared to the amount of time wasted actually watching cable.
 
2011-11-10 01:41:47 PM  

ReggieKray: As a cable guy, I approve of making your lives help as you wait 'between 12 and 5'


Read that as "taking your wives between 12 and 5"

/Bow chicka bow wow.
 
2011-11-10 01:43:53 PM  
www.firesigntheatre.com

Now, you have 10 seconds to tell us what you've got and.... Beat the Reaper!

Jaundice it is!
 
2011-11-10 01:51:37 PM  
X-Geek: Not that I like waiting for the cable guy, but I find most of these "costs the economy" calculations to be complete bullshiat. ...[yada, yada]... Net cost to economy: $0

Iblis824:Say you have to take a personal day to stay home, and don't get paid. That's lost income to you, which results in a lower W-2 wage, and most likely less personal spending to make up for the time. Cost to the economy = 1/350 of your annual tax bill + the loss of whatever spending you cut back.


Say you use a vacation day, and then don't have enough days to take a real vacation. Cost to the economy = loss of value of your trip, etc.


Say you use a sick day, then have to go to work sick. Cost to the economy of loss of productivity, and possibly sick coworkers.


As I said, most of these "costs the economy" calculations are complete BS... including mine. Not saying I didn't engage in a bit of hyperbole there, I'm sure there is some cost to the economy. I'm just saying I think it's probably too small to measure, and there are many other things (traffic, internet, etc.) that probably have a much greater effect on the economy.

And to address your points, I think I already covered the first one - just because you don't get paid that day doesn't mean the money disappeared from the economy. Either someone else gets it, or your company keeps it. Either way, it will eventually get spent and contribute to the economy in some fashion.

If you used a vacation day, then you still got paid, you paid your taxes on it, and you will probably spend it somewhere whether you go on vacation or not. Maybe you spend it on a new TV to go with your cable, which would benefit our economy less than spending it on a hotel room, but I think it's a stretch to blame the lack of American electronics manufacturing on the cable guy. And, of course, some of these vacations will be to other countries, in which case it's better for our economy if they stay home.

There may be some lost productivity due to going in to work sick, but people often abuse sick leave anyway, and I still find the $250 per worker per year figure to be excessive.
 
2011-11-10 02:27:11 PM  
No waiting if you steal your cable...
 
2011-11-10 02:43:51 PM  
There's an article somewhere which explains why its that way. Not saying its a rational explanation but i recall reading one somewhere.
 
2011-11-10 03:40:34 PM  

ReggieKray: Pair-o-Dice: ReggieKray: As a cable guy, I approve of making your lives help as you wait 'between 12 and 5'

Yeah right. See we'll see you at 6?

Pff, no. I'll just call dispatch and have them reschedule. Hopefully someone will call and let you know.


Or wait 'til you step out to grab a bite and have dispatch call the home to confirm that nobody is there.

Ahh good times. Though I understand now Time Warner trucks have GPS so dispatch knows if you're actually on site.
 
2011-11-10 06:50:13 PM  

poisonpill: ReggieKray: Pair-o-Dice: ReggieKray: As a cable guy, I approve of making your lives help as you wait 'between 12 and 5'

Yeah right. See we'll see you at 6?

Pff, no. I'll just call dispatch and have them reschedule. Hopefully someone will call and let you know.

Or wait 'til you step out to grab a bite and have dispatch call the home to confirm that nobody is there.

Ahh good times. Though I understand now Time Warner trucks have GPS so dispatch knows if you're actually on site.


Well I work for dish, but we have the same gps on our trucks. Damn those things, forcing me to do my job.
 
2011-11-11 02:48:25 PM  

LeroyBourne: Yes, and was it UPS or Fed ex that saved umpty trillion dollars by never taking left turns.


How much can the world save if we get rid of leftys, then?
 
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