|You CAN haz cheesburger!|
On a trip to Oregon in August, we visited the Tillamook creamery, where they were packaging 2-pound blocks of rat cheese.
It starts with blocks of approximately 40 pounds, which are sliced into 20 pieces. These are wrapped in heavy plastic and weighed. Underweight packages are directed to a man who uses a butcher knife to unwrap them, after which they are returned to the front of the line, where another man slices a thin stip off a block and carefully fits it to the shortweight block. A woman then adds this surgically-enhanced block to the wrapping line again.
Why the shortweight blocks are not weighed and removed before being wrapped is a mystery to me, and there was no one about to ask; just another example of American mangement genius, I guess, like the Wells Fargo sales operation.
However, I want to focus on a career as a food unwrapper. It isn't only cheese; I once toured the Hershey chocolate plant in Pennsylvania, where 2 men had the job of unwrapping miswrapped Kisses. The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not break out unwrappers in category 51-3090, Food Processing Workers, Miscellaneous, but it's a living.
A hazardous one at Hershey. A good many of the naked Kisses went into the unwrappers instead of the remelting bin, and both of them weighed around 400 pounds. That, at least, was not a temptation with 2-pound slabs of cheese.
I have head many people who work in mental jobs say they wish they had the satisfaction that comes from having produced a tangible thing at the end of the day. By that standard, I suppose unwrapping food must be one of the least satisfying jobs you can have.