Tipsy Women Get Free Flip Flops From Police Costing Taxpayers £30,000
In an effort to improve public safety, police officers and safety officials in Torbay are giving away free flip flops, costing local taxpayers £30,000.
Starting next month, police officers and safe buses will hand out unisex flip flops to party goers who are visibly inebriated and/or unsteady in attempts to help get them home safely.
Aimed at women who are particularly vulnerable, the initiative is also designed to create opportunities for officers to talk to them about being safe. Chief executive of TaxPayers' Alliance Matthew Elliot, said: "This is an idiotic waste of money. People don't pay their taxes for drunk women to get free flip-flops, they want the police to fight crime. The police aren't there to be an emergency supplier of flat shoes."
The scheme, funded by the Home Office, is headed by Safer Communities Torbay, a partnership between the Devon and Cornwall Police departments, Torbay Council, fire and rescue service, and the local education authority.