Construction season is every driver's most dreaded time of year, and it's already in full swing. Everywhere you go, whether it's the downtown core or the outskirts of the city, you'll likely have to inch your way through a loud and messy construction area at some point - and it never gets any less frustrating.
But, this time of year is equally as miserable for the workers on the job. One road side construction worker in Toronto has published an open letter called, "A friendly reminder from a road side construction worker." It really puts things in perspective.
"I know you're annoyed. I know you might be late to wherever you're going because of a lane closure," the letter begins, "But, I, personally, am not responsible for it. I didn't decide to just set up shop on the side of Bathurst just to ruin your day."
"Your terrible attitude and straight up nasty remarks fall on deaf ears," he writes, "You aren't special, you don't get to run over our cones and almost hit my crew because you don't think you have to wait."
In the letter, the worker describes all the sickening encounters he and his crew have had with angry drivers, from having garbage thrown at them to being verbally harassed.
"Your kids don't need to hear you call me a 'f***ing c***sucker' all because you can't take your favorite route to Starbucks in the morning." As ridiculous and exaggerated as that sounds, it's probably completely true.
"We're just here to do a job. Nobody on site is responsible for it - the decisions are made months in advance by people who sit at desks. Signed, a crane operator who's sick of watching guys on his crew get harassed by 'important' people in BMWs and Lexus'."
So, next time you're ready to throw a fit because of construction delays, give the workers a smile instead of a dirty look.
To read the full letter, click here.