pollipops: Work for BEER!

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“I’m not proud of being an alcoholic, but I am proud to have a job again,” said Schiphorst, a 60 year old former construction worker. Schiporst is one of the many employees in a ‘work for beer’ program started by the government funded Rainbow Foundation last year.In this programme, workers are given two beers before work in the morning, two more at lunch and one more after their shift.  In addition to the alcohol, they are given 10 Euros and half a packet of rolling tobacco.

One of the Amsterdam’s main parks, Oosterpark was becoming an unsafe drunken playground for the unemployed.  This program has taken those unruly inhabitants off the streets and put them to work.  They are now cleaning the streets and making the city a better place to live.

Whereas before, many of these employees would spend their days drinking bottles of hard alcohol, they are now only drinking beer throughout the…

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