Many people work thankless jobs and know they will never be thanked or appreciated or recognized for what they do, but they do it because they want to or they need the money. It's called service. Men and women don't join the military for the recognition or the respect. Most teachers don't become teachers to get voted best teacher. And I've never met a garbage man who picks up garbage to get hugs and Gatorade. Richard Hayes, the man in the ad, personifies what's wrong with Obama supporters: unless you're someones mother or father, or you're God, no one owes you anything. As a society we should thank people for the things they do for our community, but there's something wrong with you if you get into a business expecting it.
That is Mitt Romney collecting trash in Massachusetts when he was running for Governor. He had this to say in his book 2010 book No Apology:
"During my campaign for governor, I decided to spend a day every few weeks doing the jobs of other people in Massachusetts. Among other jobs, I cooked sausages at Fenway Park, worked on asphalt paving crew, stacked bales of hay on a farm, volunteered in an emergency room, served food at a nursing home, and worked as a child-care assistant. I’m often asked which was the hardest job – it’s child care, by a mile.
Mitt Romney didn't make a career out of it or spend more than a day, but it makes the union look like idiots. What it says about Mitt Romney is he is someone who took the time to put himself in another person's shoes. That's a lot better than a man who is arrogant enough to claim he should receive a thank you.One day I gathered trash as a garbage collector. I stood on that little platform at the back of the truck, holding on as the driver navigated his way through the narrow streets of Boston. As we pulled up to traffic lights, I noticed that the shoppers and businesspeople who were standing only a few feet from me didn’t even see me. It was as if I was invisible. Perhaps it was because a lot of us don’t think garbage men are worthy of notice; I disagree – anyone who works that hard deserves our respect. – I wasn’t a particularly good garbage collector: at one point, after filling the trough at the back of the truck, I pulled the wrong hydraulic lever. Instead of pushing the load into the truck, I dumped it onto the street. Maybe the suits didn’t notice me, but the guys at the construction site sure did: “Nice job, Mitt,” they called. “Why don’t you find an easier job?” And then they good-naturedly came down and helped me pick up my mess."
(photo and quote courtesy of National Review Online)