Answer: 10 or more
- One to realize the light bulb needs changing.
- One to drive to the store to buy a new one.
- One to hand him the parking ticket as he enters the store garage.
- One to push the buttons in the elevator as he exits the garage.
- One to greet him/stand security watch at the store entrance
- One to follow him around and help in find the light bulb.
- One to write the receipt for the light bulb.
- One to take the cash or debit card for the light bulb.
- One to put the light bulb in the bag.
- One to stamp his parking ticket.
Government and corporate bureaucracy aside, every day life in Brazil can be very bureaucratic, especially in Rio. Though this day-to-day bureaucracy provides jobs for seemingly simplistic tasks, it sometimes brings into question the efficiency of businesses.
At some juice bars, you have to pay for your order first at the cashier, then bring your receipt to a person at the counter, who then relays the order to another person, and then someone will eventually bring you your food or drink.
At clubs, you are greeted by a person taking fliers, and then give your ID to a person taking down information and giving out cards used to charge drink orders. If the club doesn't use these consumption cards, the person will give you an entrance ticket, which you then give to a person designated solely for ticket taking, usually stationed feet away. At this type of club, you often have to buy a drink ticket at a specific booth, and then bring your drink ticket to the bar to give to the bartender. There are different tickets for different drink prices, so if you don't buy them all at once you have to wait in line for the ticket before ordering another drink. At clubs with consumption cards, there's another series of events. When you leave the club, you give your consumption card to the cashier to pay for your drinks, and then bring your paid cards to another person to make sure you've paid. When they confirm you've paid, you then give a receipt or the cards to another person at the door.
At buffet restaurants, where you pay for your food by the kilo, there's a similar system. At the door, you're greeted by a person giving out a card or ticket used to charge your food. After you get your food, you go to a person with a scale, where your food is weighed. The person marks how much you have to pay, or scans your card. Then you sit down, and a waiter brings drinks. When you're done, you bring your card or ticket to a cashier to pay for your food. The cashier gives you a receipt, which you bring to a person stationed at the door.
The one job that really boggles my mind is the elevator operator. In Rio, I've only seen old-fashioned elevators once (in the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil), but even some of them have buttons. I've seen dozens of elevator "operators" in modern buildings, from offices to malls, who sit on a chair in the corner and push the buttons. Of all of the bureaucratic jobs I've come across, it's the one I've found to be the least necessary.