A Devon seaside resort in England will have policemen handing out free flip-flops to drunken revelers who have either lost their shoes, or are having balancing issues so they can "make it home safely," according to the Toronto Sun.
What a nice gesture, and one which normally wouldn’t cause one to bat an eyelash, but that isn’t the case. At issue is that funding for the free flip-flops for inebriated carousers are at the taxpayers' expense.
A British Police Inspector, Adrian Leisk said, "Our aim is to reduce admissions into the accident-and-emergency room."
The report then states statistics regarding alcohol-related deaths in the UK being 12.9 per 100,000 persons.
While deaths caused by alcohol-related incidents is disheartening, I’m curious as to how handing out free flip-flops to intoxicated individuals who are walking will somehow have a positive impact.
Will wearing flip-flops while drunk help them not to fall into a moving vehicle more so than if they stumbled around barefoot or in heels?
What a waste of hard-earned tax dollars. I’d be outraged if I were a British taxpayer.
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