Building a worse rat-trap


Somehow I missed this stroke of genius from last month.

One brilliant politician has proposed saving Berlin from vermin by sending the poor out to hunt them: “People who collect bottles could be paid €1 per rat”

He’s not thought this one through, has he? I don’t mean because it’s a half-baked, inhumanew market solution for a problem better handled by the state — we expect that from an FDP politician. I mean because the poor man has overlooked the inevitable rise of back-alley rat farms, hordes of vermin raised on garbage and scraps, then killed in their thousands and taken to the authorities. At €1 per head, you could make a decent living as a rat farmer.

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