I am amazed that the land of technical gadgets and high-tech cell phones, still have people walking around the neighborhood checking people's meters! (Satoshi says that he remembers when they used to actually have to come into the houses to check the meters.)
Walking around the neighborhood, I often see the meter people loaded down with gadgets like binoculars and mirrors attached to pointers to check the meter. (Close up of the hole pictured above)
I am also amazed that most homeowners are kind enough to make special "peep holes" for these readers to check their meters.
Some are inconspicuous, but some are down right obvious.
Can you imagine working as a meter checker in Japan? You have to remember where each house/shop's meter is located? I bet the turn over for this job is really high.
Have a great weekend!