August 12, 2007


Beijing is employing an unprecedented number of volunteers to support the Game. There is a number of jobs that are paid, mostly highly skilled; but the majority relies on the good will of the people. Some jobs are considered more prestigious than other, some are more fun to do, some involve more responsibilities and etc. And then there are jobs that are so shite that you have to pay to get done: cleaning, garbage collection, merchandise stocking and etc. These jobs are as essential to the Games as the translators, the team managers, the accommodation bookers and the like. It’s a bizarre situation, where the top and the bottom have to be paid and the middle ones are the ones who are not good enough or bad enough to be paid. This situation is echoed in real life employment and I’m one of the middle ones…

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