Officials in New Taipei City, Taiwan, know how to polish the turd – in fact, they practically know how to gold-plait it. To provide incentive for dog-owners to clean up after their dogs do their business, the city is offering raffle tickets for poop.
As of yesterday, residents can exchange one full bag per ticket, with no limit on the number of tickets they can receive. Each ticket provides a chance at one of three gold ingots worth T$60,000 (approx. $2100); T$18,000; and T$12,000.
The city is giving out trash bags to assist with the cleanup, as well as resorting to the more fascist measure of offering rewards to whistle-blowers who provide photographic evidence of dog-owners shirking their, umm, duties.
I had to think about that last bit for a while before I realized – only video could yield undeniable evidence. Still photos aren’t reliable; any clever photographer with a vengeful spirit and a bran muffin could plant the evidence themselves and shoot a fake series of photos. One can only hope city officials will demand DNA evidence along with the pics, but keep your eyes on this one, Amnesty International.
I’m also hoping city officials are willing to accept raffle entries via airmail; if so, I’m stocking up on Metamucil and trash bags, and am going to be busy for the next few days. The way gold is rising in value, I have nothing to lose that I wouldn’t have lost, anyway.
My final wish for this story is that our own government officials take a lesson from it – if you really want to get your citizens involved, you have to let them hand you a bunch of crap for once.
If you’re actually interested in learning more, watch the riveting CBS News video, presumably available in steaming format….