3d ago
In 2015, the city of Riccione, approximately 130 kilometres (80 miles) southeast of Bologna, allocated an €11,000 budget to pay a wage to umarells to oversee worksites in the city – counting the number of trucks in and out to ensure materials were delivered/removed according to the receipts, and guarding against theft when the site was otherwise unattended.

This is brilliant. We should do more stuff like this -- acknowledge that it adds value, slip the person a few bucks.

Seinfeld did this bit back in the 90's
You can also buy a 3d printed desktop Umarell here:


We have the same thing in Turkey, although without an exclusive name or word for it. I guess similar mediterranean cultures, perception of elderly etc. and many other factors create this phenomena.

But yeah, no idea why this has popped up on HN :D

Actually watching construction in Italy may seem very interesting. Where else in the world can you watch buildings from 300 A.D. close to classical and gothic architecture combined with modern engineering techniques?
According to the OP, an umarell is someone who watches others doing work and offers unwanted advice.

I suspect there are quite a few umarells on HN ;-)

There's a great Seinfeld cold open about the magnetism men feel toward construction work:

This is also how my two year old likes to spend his time. What a charming idea, and how wonderful to see them embrace it in a productive way.
The best part is to buy one of them that look at you building your code everyday:
Old school letsdig18 and dirt perfect
I find the concept amazing.

Personally, I stay away from construction sites. Besides dangerous, they're loud and dusty.

Who wouldn't want to watch construction? It's the same drive that has me watch hours of machine shop videos, or other how it's made stuff. If it wasn't dangerous, and there were a machine shop with a picture window, I bet those same men would go watch the machinists when the weather was poor.

Or the baker, candlestick maker, etc.

So this is a global phenomenon? It's definitely a thing in my country.
haha, it's crazy to see this on HN!! we really are in the best timeline.
I'm left wondering, why is this here? Why was it translated in English, even.
Not surprising.

If you're a guy, you're gonna be watching people doing work or creating things.

If you're a gal, you're gonna be watching more relationship/people oriented content.

All over the world, men are fascinated with these kinds of activities. I've seen men being fascinated by these things in every country and continent I've ever been on. I guess in Riccione, its more of a tradition to stand a look every day.

I'm a programmer, but I'm watching videos about

Construction, road painting, lawn care, truck driving, metalwork and CNC, factories, farming -- yeah, some relationship stuff too. But in general, that's the differences in genders when it comes to this stuff.

No one should be surprised.