According to Brownstoner, there are a number of electrified lampposts in certain areas of Brooklyn. These can be quite dangerous-- every so often you hear about a dog being electrocuted by touching one. But who knew that they're a source of fairly lucrative employment:
In New York City, Con Edison is hiring livery drivers, at $35 an hour, to shoo people away from about 1,500 electrically charged manholes, streetlights and other objects until repair crews arrive. Joe Flaherty, a spokesman for Local 1-2 of the Utility Workers Union of America, blames Con Ed for bare-bones crews that can't adequately prevent and fix the so-called hot spots, which are caused by nearby exposed wires. [from USAToday.com]I'm shocked!