Amsterdam Pays with Beer to Clean Streets


Amsterdam’s head of the Rainbow Foundation project Gerrie Holterman said: “This group of chronic alcoholics was causing a nuisance in Amsterdam’s Oosterpark: fights, noise, disagreeable comments to women,”.  Therefore they came up with the idea of paying those people with beer and warm meal to help keep the streets tidy.

Apparently the success story might spread to other European cities: “The aim is to keep them occupied, to get them doing something so they no longer cause trouble at the park.” said the coordinator of the Rainbow Foundation project, which is funded by the state and donations.

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