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‘LIFE AFTER WIRES’ PREPARES TELECOMPANY EMPLOYEES FOR CIRCUS WORK IN OTHERWISE DISMAL FUTURE


Nanjing, CHINA – L.A.W. (Life After Wires) is not your usual Telecom support group. They won’t put you on hold, but they might make you hold on – for your life.

L.A.W., an organization which offers a course to help ease land line workers into the wireless age, has been very busy. In 2008, the year of it’s conception, they grew from only one branch to 25. “We have very high success,” said Wu Xiaodi, L.A.W.’s director. “So far, nine-nine percent of people take our program find new work in different industry.”

Of the 100 Telecompany employees who have “graduated” from the course, 99 now work for Wu’s L.A.W. The course costs 5,000 RMB or about two-thirds of a land line worker’s yearly salary. “It not easy,” said Wu over a bowl of tiger soup at a swanky Shanghai restaurant. “One worker die.” He shook his head and exhaled cigarette smoke into my face, “Die, die dead!” He plunged his pudgy fist into his soup for emphasis. “I must return his pay, and let him graduate. Bad business.”

Though the local circus declined to comment on L.A.W.’s course, they did wish to express their concern over the safety of the operation, “Learning to tightrope walk on live telephone wires is very dangerous and maybe a little crazy. Also, we don’t hire acrobats over twelve years of age.”

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