Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Prizes for Boozing?

No, indeed, perhaps this wasn't the wisest idea:

On second thought, maybe it was not a good idea to give an award for drinking to local government officials.

The South Korean county of Koesan has decided it will discontinue giving out its "Drinking Culture Prize" after being flooded with complaints that the award promotes drunkenness among municipal employees and encouraged binge drinking.

A county official said Wednesday the public misunderstood the intention of the award, which was meant to recognize government workers who go out to local restaurants and bars to meet citizens and hear what they have to say.

"I guess it was our mistake that the purpose was misinterpreted," said the official, who asked not to be named.

Although I'd like to see the council bureaucrats out drinking round our way. I could make sure I spit in their pint that way.