Alcoholics paid with beer to clean Amsterdam

A view of Amsterdam. (Shutterstock)

A view of Amsterdam. (Shutterstock)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:38 PM ET

A new pilot project in Amsterdam pays alcoholics with beer to clean city streets.

The men had been "causing a nuisance" in a city park, Gerrie Holterman of the Rainbow Foundation project told the newswire AFP.

Now about 20 of them gather each day. They are given two beers in the morning, two with a warm lunch and one at the end of the day. They're also paid with a half-packet of rolling tobacco and 10 euros (about $13).

The project is financed by the government and public donations. All the men participate voluntarily.

"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," said one man identified as Frank, although he admitted it's unlikely he will drink less.

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

 


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