“’You have to look sharp,’ said Mr. Schiphorst, 60, a former construction worker.
“His workday begins unfailingly at 9 a.m. — with two cans of beer, a down payment on a salary paid mostly in alcohol. He gets two more cans at lunch and then another can or, if all goes smoothly, two to round
off a productive day.
“’I’m not proud of being an alcoholic, but I am proud to have a job again,’ said Mr. Schiphorst, the grateful beneficiary of an unusual government-funded program to lure alcoholics off the streets by paying them in beer to pick up trash.
“In addition to beer — the brand varies depending on which brewery offers the best price — each member of the cleaning team gets half a packet of rolling tobacco, free lunch and 10 euros a day, or about $13.55.”
If giving alcoholics beer in the morning sounds counter-productive, just remember that somewhere,