Foreign, Offbeat

A New Job, Literally

There’s a new profession in Italy: that of codista (Italian for queuer.)

The job, which pays about $15 an hour, requires one to stand in a, well, long queue. It comes with the benefit of accident insurance, in the event that a codista trips on the stairs of a government office.

Italians spend, on average, 400 hours a year, queuing. The money wasted, in the process, is $44 billion.

The job’s inventor offers a five-hour course over Skype, during which he trains new hires on the procedures of the central and local government departments.



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