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Is anyone still working?

Postby Alec » Tuesday 24 March 2020, 11:25

Assuming anyone still reads this forum...

Are any of you still working? Anyone benefiting from work connected with the crisis?

And is everyone OK?
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Re: Is anyone still working?

Postby Mike George » Tuesday 24 March 2020, 12:12

I'm busy working at home on my keyboard (I'm a key worker).

I am an ex-owner driver and I run Shed 5 exchange for couriers
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Re: Is anyone still working?

Postby Alec » Tuesday 24 March 2020, 13:41

Mike George wrote:I'm busy working at home on my keyboard (I'm a key worker).


::D:

I was just wondering whether drivers are still working. I've just had to explain to a customer that getting something delivered when they know the delivery point isn't going to be using it because they're going on shutdown isn't an essential journey.
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Re: Is anyone still working?

Postby EnsonExpress » Wednesday 25 March 2020, 10:01

I'm not working. I texted my (few) customers that I was parking up, and they all agreed it was the right thing to do - my partner and I are in the old folks category, so it seemed a wise course. We are of course going stir crazy, although we do have a very large garden - my veg patch is small enough for my normal abilities and time, so it is getting dug over like never before being as how it's not yet planting time.

Not being reliant on the courier income, I marvel at the confusion over whether or not people can go to work - fine if you're delivering to supermarkets and hospitals, but where else?

Good luck to everybody is my only thought.
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Re: Is anyone still working?

Postby Alec » Thursday 26 March 2020, 10:52

EnsonExpress wrote:
Not being reliant on the courier income, I marvel at the confusion over whether or not people can go to work - fine if you're delivering to supermarkets and hospitals, but where else?

Good luck to everybody is my only thought.


I'm taking that to mean that you think people are working when they shouldn't be, rather than they're making too much fuss about doing normal deliveries?

I've got engineering clients who supply the food industry, an electronics client who's doing some sort of rush-job medical thing, a client who specialises in supermarket heating and cooling systems, another one who maintains heating systems for care homes and retirement blocks, I could go on.

We did one the other day, collecting on behalf of our client who generally does the sort of conveyor equipment you see in a large food factory. We were collecting from their supplier 90 miles away from them, to go to a second supplier 20 miles from there. To the driver it was a roll of metal on a pallet, going from one company to another and not remotely 'essential'. It was actually a section of conveyor being rushed to France for use in a new ventilator factory.

There's plenty of important work to be done that isn't obvious at all until you're asked to do it.
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Re: Is anyone still working?

Postby EnsonExpress » Thursday 26 March 2020, 14:53

Alec wrote:
EnsonExpress wrote:
Not being reliant on the courier income, I marvel at the confusion over whether or not people can go to work - fine if you're delivering to supermarkets and hospitals, but where else?

Good luck to everybody is my only thought.


I'm taking that to mean that you think people are working when they shouldn't be, rather than they're making too much fuss about doing normal deliveries?

Not at all, I am not clever enough to judge what's essential etc. My own customers are a small number, so I don't see too much variety, but what you've said shows a surprisingly wide spread of qualifying essentials.
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Re: Is anyone still working?

Postby Simon Horton » Friday 27 March 2020, 14:37

Fortunately some of my work is delivering pharmaceuticals so I'm hoping that will get me through this. Most of my other work has dried up though.

The roads are nice and quiet but everywhere seems like the start of a zombie movie at times.
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Re: Is anyone still working?

Postby EnsonExpress » Friday 27 March 2020, 18:18

Thinking about it, Whitevanman is an essential worker - one delivered my CDs yesterday. Not essential for my benefit, so many people are ordering the most ordinary things online nowadays. A couple of weeks ago I received my online order of printer cartridges. And so it goes on.

So get out there fellas!
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