Voici des extraits que je copie directement du blog de Mark Perry tant l’article m’a plu : il raconte l’histoire des réparateurs de matelas à Cuba, activité vitale dans un pays où la plupart des gens dorment dans le même lit que leurs grands-parents et où s’acheter un matelas coûte une année de salaire …



« Mattress repairers always have work, a lot of work. In a country where many still sleep on the same bed their grandparents slept on, this work is vital (…)

In a country where a professional needs a year’s salary to purchase a marital mattress, the offerings — outside the state stores — are cheaper, and always very tempting. However, much of the time the advantage turns to frustration in a very short time (…)

Wow, it costs a full year’s salary to purchase a mattress in Cuba? It’s no wonder that Cubans sleep on the same mattresses as their grandparents and it’s not surprising that mattress repair is a thriving business on the communist island! In capitalist America, it would cost about three days’ earnings (24.4 hours) at the current average hourly of $20.31 to purchase this Night Therapy 12-inch Spring Mattress Queen Set from Sears for $495. And when it wears out in 10-15 years, you can just throw it out and buy a new one, without having to call in the mattress repairman!