one icy morning
This is the scene from Monday til Sunday.
The truck driver, the helper, the middle man, the delivery person with his wooden cart and the bystanders.
The business of selling ice to the fishmongers in the market is pretty straight forward. The truck arrives with blocks of ice which pass through at least a set of hands before reaching the final buyer.
The retailers mostly purchase a whole block of ice and break them up into smaller chunks. They have their own regular clients. Profit is slightly higher than selling one single block of ice to a single customer, but it is more labor intensive and entails a lot of trips back to the truck.
The tool of the trade. A pair of ice tongs, and somewhere in the truck, an ice pick.
The personal life story of the truck helper, however, is something many of the nation’s blue collar workers share. At the age of 32 and having 4 young children, the difficult times are just about to start when his children reach school age. Making ends meet with his income while sending his children to school will prove to be a very difficult challenge in the years to come.