Dutch Drunks Paid With Beer to Sweep Streets — What They Do After Will Surprise You!
An experimental policy in Amsterdam is getting buzz for its brilliant pragmatism.
An organization is paying the homeless drunks who hung out all day in a park to clean streets in nearby neighborhoods. In return, the people receive $13, a half packet of rolling tobacco and five cans of beer!
They show up at 9 a.m. and work until 3:30. They're given two beers and coffee in the morning, a warm lunch with two beers at noon, and one beer after work.
The organization says it gets the men out of the park and gets them contributing to society in return for what they really want: beer, cigarettes and a reason to get up in the morning.
The participants say the five beers is less than they'd usually drink (and a lesser proof) and doing something valuable with their time is more fun than lounging about.
A few even say they aren't tempted to drink after their shift because their needs were satisfied during the day!