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Amsterdam pays alcoholics in beer and tobacco to clean streets

Amsterdam has found a unique way to keep its streets clean and keep the city's alcoholics out of trouble in the process. 

The Rainbow Foundation project, which is funded by the Dutch state and donations, is "hiring" alcoholics to clean city streets.

Their payment? Beer and tobacco.

For a days work, men receive 10 euros (around $13), a half-packet of rolling tobacco and five cans of beer.

But the beer isn't to be enjoyed at the worker's leisure. Two are given and must be consumed before the start of the day. Another two are given at lunch and a fifth beer is given after work.

The project began after some alcoholics were causing a disturbance in one of the city's parks. The project aims to keep the men busy and productive.

 

 

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