Ok, so when was it people started wearing those surgical gloves to do absolutely everything? I can see why whenever you’re doing any sort of healthcare procedure to someone else, however minor, that you have to snap on a pair of rubber gloves – if not to protect yourself from any nasties they might have then at least to protect them from any nasties of yours. And when picking up litter or anything else on the streets these days you need gloves just because of the yuck factor, although if it were me (and thank God it’s not) I’d want more than a thin skin of latex between me and whatever it was I was picking up. But when fixing a traffic light? There I was on the bus this evening, on the prime front seat at the top, having consumed enough red wine to sink a ship or launch a book (whichever is the greater) when I saw a guy on top of a ladder doing what amounted to open heart surgery on a pelican light (it was still on) – in a pair of rubber gloves*. Why? What exactly was he protecting himself from by wearing them? Surely something that thin won’t act as insulation against the electricity? Or was he worried the traffic light might have been contaminated by extremely tall ill people?
Nope, it’s a mystery. Answers to the usual address, please.
*And other clothes as well, obviously. This is a family blog.