News: AMSTERDAM PAYING ALCOHOLICS IN BEER TO CLEAN STREETS

Amsterdam Paying Alcoholics in Beer to Clean Streets

An unorthodox program in Amsterdam that employs alcoholics to clean the streets and pays them in cash, tobacco, and beer is raising a few eyebrows. The program was developed because alcoholics in Amsterdam’s Oosterparkwere becoming a regular nuisance—getting into fights, being noisy, making lewd comments to passing women—and it was thought that street cleaning would keep them occupied and out of trouble. Still, the practice of enticingaddicts to work with promises of the very substance to which they are addicted does not sit well with some. More… Discuss

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