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    Amsterdam employs alcoholics as street cleaners and pays them in beer



    Amsterdam has launched a government-funded scheme which uses chronic alcoholics as street cleaners – and pays them in beer.

    The project, organised by the Rainbow Foundation charity and paid for by Dutch state subsidies and donations, rounds up alcoholics who have been “causing a nuisance” in parks and puts them to work.

    They clean three days a week, from 9am to around 3.30pm, and are paid €10 (around £8), five cans of beer and half a packet of loose tobacco per shift.

    The alcoholics are split up into groups of 10, and their beer consumption is carefully monitored.

    “The aim is to keep them occupied, to get them doing something so they no longer cause trouble at the park,” the charity’s chief executive Gerrie Holterman told the AFP news agency.

    “This group of chronic alcoholics was causing a nuisance in Amsterdam's Oosterpark: fights, noise, disagreeable comments to women,” she said.

    The workers are given two cans of beer and coffee if they want it at the start of the day, followed by another two cans and a hot meal at lunch.

    One alcoholic, named Frank, told an AFP reporter: “I think I can speak for the group and say that if they didn't give us beers then we wouldn't come.

    “We need alcohol to function, that's the disadvantage of chronic alcoholism,” the 45-year-old said.

    Frank said the added structure to the alcoholics’ lives “is good for us”. But he was under no illusions as to whether or not the scheme would serve to wean the workers off drink.

    “Of course we drink in a more structured way, but I don't think that we drink less,” he said.

    “When we leave here, we go to the supermarket and transform the €10 euros we earned into beers.”

    On the four days his group is not working, Frank added, nothing seems to have changed. “When the supermarket opens at 8:00am, we're the first there so we can get some drinks,” he said.

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    Alcoholics paid with beer to clean Amsterdam's streets

    In order to keep Amsterdam clean, the city now hires chronic alcoholics. For five cans of beer, tobacco and about $13 in cash per day they have to sweep the city’s streets. The new project aims at tackling anti-social behavior by keeping addicts busy.

    Alcoholics start their work day at 9 am - not with brooms in hands, but rather with two cans of beer. They end their work at 3 pm – also with a can of beer. Sometime in the afternoon anti-social workers are offered a hot meal, which is served with two cans of beer.

    For every day they turn up at work, the Rainbow Foundation that runs the project gives alcoholics, in addition to beer, 10 euro ($13) and a half-pack of rolling tobacco.

    "This group of chronic alcoholics was causing a nuisance in Amsterdam's Oosterpark: fights, noise, disagreeable comments to women," Gerrie Holterman, who heads the Rainbow Foundation project, told AFP.

    There are about 20 alcoholics working in the streets of Amsterdam now. They are split into two teams of around 10 and work three days a weeks.

    "The aim is to keep them occupied, to get them doing something so they no longer cause trouble at the park,” Holterman said.

    She believes, everyone benefits from the project, which is financed by the government and donations - streets are clean, alcoholics are busy and happy.

    Addicts say they would not participate if they were not given beer.

    "We need alcohol to function, that's the disadvantage of chronic alcoholism," 45-year-old Frank said.

    Gerrie notes each person's beer consumption. If she happens to leave her desk, the alcoholics themselves record how much they have drunk.

    "They're no longer in the park, they drink less, they eat better and they have something to keep them busy during the day," Holterman says.

    Alcoholics, who are taking part in the project voluntarily, say they are happy to be there as it gives their lives “some structure”.

    "Lots of us haven't had any structure in our lives for years, we just don't know what it is, and so this is good for us," Frank says.

    As for drinking less, not everyone agrees. While some admit that after busy work day they “don't necessarily want to drink,” Frank says he is still drinking the same, but it is now structured.

    "When we leave here, we go to the supermarket and transform the 10 euros we earned into beers," he says.

    But what alcoholics like is that Gerrie and the Rainbow Foundation gives them light, 5 percent beer, not 11 percent or 12 percent.

    This project is not the first experience for the Foundation. It was initially set up to help heroin addicts 35 years ago.
    One of its projects - “drug rooms” in Amsterdam – lets drug users to use drugs in a safe environment.

    They also run “underground tours” during which former addicts guide tourists around meaningful locations where they used to hang out.

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    This should be in that "News of the World" thread - I'm SURE of it!

    Honestly, 47 - you're all over the place with your posts at the moment, which begs the question...



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    FUCK News Of The World!

    I started that for a reason, only to find it went unnoticed by the Newsies.

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    For what it's worth, I always enjoyed reading it, dear...Take heart!
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