Amsterdam Alcoholics Get Paid in Beer To Clean Streets

alcoholics-paid-in-beer-amsterdamIn Amsterdam they are paying alcoholics to clean the streets…with beer as payment.  It sounds absolutely ridiculous, doesn’t it?  Some alcoholics were disturbing one of Amsterdam’s parks and now there is a special program to keep them busy.  They receive around $13 US Dollars, a half packet of tobacco and five cans of beer.  Two cans for the start of the day, two at lunch and one after work.

One 45-year-old alcoholic, named Frank, says, “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.”

Holterman says: “Heroin addicts can go to shooting galleries, so why shouldn’t we also give people beer?”