The Taiwanese city of New Taipei this week came up with a unique solution for cleaning their streets of dog feces, they launched a city wide lottery that everyone could participate in.
City officials were able to collect 14,500 bags of dog poop from more than 4,000 people, removing half of the cities dog feces from streets and sidewalks.
For each bag turned over to the government a lottery ticket was awarded and eventually a 50-something woman claimed the top prize, a gold ingot worth $2,200
Government officials also provided 85 other people with prizes ranging from smaller gold pieces to household appliances.
This may be the first time that non-dog owners in the city weren’t complaining about other people’s dogs leaving messes in the middle of the cities streets.
City officers are hoping that the clean up will continue even now that the dog poop lottery is over. Perhaps cleaner streets was just the motivation the Taiwanese people in the city needed.
Would you clean up dog poop around your city if you could potentially earn thousands of dollars from the simple task?
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