Tax that ass up
The city of Bonn, Germany is now collecting taxes from prostitutes using automated pay stations similar to parking meters. According to The New York Times, Bonn isn’t the first city in Germany, where prostitution is legal, to charge this tax. It sets a sex worker back six euros, or $8.39 CND, to be able to walk the streets for a night. The meters, built by German engineering company Siemens, were implemented Aug. 28, and collected $376 over its first three nights in operation. In addition to the pay stations, wooden garages have also been built in the city for customers to park so they can have sex in their cars. Franz-Reinhard Habbel, a spokesperson for the German Association of Cities and Municipalities, said he expected other cities to copy the idea in order to tackle their combined $11 billion U.S. in debt. He called the tax a “relatively simple” source of income.
Los mayor’s Spanish alter ego
While New Yorkers were holed up in their apartments waiting for Hurricane Irene to hit, Rachel Figueroa-Levin had an idea. Feeding off of a news conference prior to the storm during which Mayor Michael Bloomberg made many pronunciation mistakes in Spanish, she created @ElBloombito, a Twitter account for the mayor’s Spanish alter-ego, Miguel Bloombito. Figueroa-Levin started tweeting things like “Muchos trees esta falling downo. No stando under los trees. Que splat!” The account soon went viral, and now has almost 21,000 followers. Bloomberg took it all in stride, using the “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” excuse when asked about his rusty Spanish.