Wrong about whether I care what the public employee does with his salary any more than the guy who takes tickets at the theatre.
Nobody cares how we spend our salary. As long as you don't drive a better car than they do.
How we spend our time - their time, as some see it - is a different story.
I'll try to explain the difference between a Member of Service ( MOS ) and a ticket taker.
The ticket taker answers only to ticket buyers, only within the theatre.
The MOS working a 12-hour shift trying to enjoy a tasty treat between calls - with a portable radio on their hip - answers to Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayer.
ie: Everybody, from who knows where who ever paid a sales tax.
I assume most people are entitled to breaks while at work? We aren't.
Heaven forbid the MOS cuts to the front of the line to save time. Or the concerned citizen taxpayer sees you get a discount.
And, when that ticket taker leaves the theatre. That's it for them.
Our little theatre never ends. Not really. I've been retired close to eight years, and still get neighbours phoning, "Can you come right over?" or ringing my doorbell for help. I've actually been called in the middle of the night to lift neighbours - who all pay property tax to the city - back into bed.