I'm hoping this is an urban legend. But given the boundless stupidity of the doling out of government money....
So, I'm just passing this along.
I am NOT making this up. It's on freaking CNN. Free Blackberries for smokers
ONE MILLION DOLLARS. ONE full-time employee. Free BLACKBERRIES. Not to reward people who have accomplished anything. To people who have chosen to fill their lungs with carcinogens day in and day out. Presumably on the grounds that they'll be healthier when they stop smoking.
If you haven't already quit smoking using all the help that's already available, a goddam Blackberry ain't gonna make the difference!
This is rewarding people for getting addicted.
Now, how many people, if you asked them on the street if they wanted to donate money to a "Free Blackberries for Smokers" charity, would be putting money in the pot?
Which is why you can only fund this sort of boondoggle with money taken by threat of prison from other people's pay checks.
Somebody tell me this isn't for real!