paganel
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DoreenMichele
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.

slig
Seinfeld did this bit back in the 90's https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbPqWI90maA
indifferentalex
You can also buy a 3d printed desktop Umarell here: https://www.superstuff.it/prodotto/umarell/?lang=en

Fun!

mclightning
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

marcodiego
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?
cs702
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 ;-)

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rP8vExQYxus

AutumnCurtain
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.
andreacavagna
The best part is to buy one of them that look at you building your code everyday: https://www.amazon.it/Superstuff-Umarell-Arancione/dp/B07TWH...
chewyshine
Old school youtube...like letsdig18 and dirt perfect
snvzz
I find the concept amazing.

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

mikewarot
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.

Xenoamorphous
So this is a global phenomenon? It's definitely a thing in my country.
ReDeiPirati
haha, it's crazy to see this on HN!! we really are in the best timeline.
adeltoso
I'm left wondering, why is this here? Why was it translated in English, even.
eric4smith
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.