Nintendo just confirmed that Mario (yes, that Mario) is turning in his wrench and leaving the plumbing industry after 34 years of serving Mushroom Kingdom. Mama Mia, say it ain’t so, Mario! His biography now states that he is “All around sporty, whether it’s tennis or baseball, soccer or car racing, [Mario] does everything cool.” Maybe he slipped on one too many banana peels and had to retire from the job?


There was an outcry on Twitter after his assumed retirement, and it seems as though everyone is weighing in on it. People have said the announcement has ruined their childhood and that everything they know to be true is now in question. Whatever Mario’s reason for leaving the industry, he surely isn’t doing the trade’s labor shortage any favors.


If life is a game that is determined by how we play, we think Mario is making a bad move.

Here are 4 things Mario will lose out on by leaving the plumbing industry.


1.    Lucrative career

The median salary for a plumber was $50,620 in 2015 and the best-paid plumbers earned roughly $89,720, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Plumbing careers are head of household jobs that bring in consistent cash flow. Not to mention, plumbers don’t usually have $40,000 of student debt when they start their careers.


2.    Job stability

Plumbing is a career we’ll always need, there’s really no way around it. With a labor shortage that doesn’t appear to be slowing down, it’s an in-demand profession. And no matter if the economy is up, down, or somewhere in the middle, people will always need their homes plumbed and their pipes fixed.


3.    Job variety

The job is never the same. One day you’ll be installing a PEX plumbing system on a new construction, single-family home and the next day you’re saving a family’s home with an emergency repair. Plumbers are low-key superheroes.


4.    Respect

Plumbers are integral to modern society — developed countries count on them every second of every day. When a homeowner has leaky pipes, a clogged toilet, or drain issues, they’re calling a plumber to save the day, not a soccer player.


So if it’s time for Mario to truly let-a-go-a (read in an Italian accent for full effect) of his plumbing past, we wish him the best in his future endeavors of being a multi-sport professional athlete. One thing is for sure: next time you call a plumber, you won’t be hearing, “It’s-a-me, Mario!”