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Community Service Duty

A bit like jury duty or national service.
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For about three weeks once in your life you get called up to help out. It's compulsory unless you've got a really good excuse and you are randomly allocated a task.

Potential jobs would be:

-Conservation work.
-Hospital porter/laundry assistant.
-Litter Collection or general clean-up of public areas.
-Traffic Warden.
-Lollipop person.


stupop, Mar 08 2002

Lollipop lollipop ooh lolly lolly.... http://members.trip...trash/lollipop.html
For a picture scroll right down. [stupop, Mar 08 2002, last modified Oct 05 2004]


       Keep it on a volunteer basis. Those who don't want to volunteer don't deserve the gratification that it brings.
dag, Mar 08 2002

       A good idea for the younger set if compulsory. Certainly better than the draft.
phoenix, Mar 08 2002

       add 'politician' to the list and I'd be in. it should be mandatory service for youth, but that would be socialist wouldn't it?
rbl, Mar 08 2002

       Very Utilitarian. But I'm not sure if I'd want such tasks done by what would be a very half-arsed workforce.
mcscotland, Mar 08 2002

       Lollipop person... never heard that one before. Is that the person holding the STOP/SLOW sign at road work areas?
waugsqueke, Mar 08 2002

       No, the school crossing partol person. But you guessed right, its the round sign on the poll that gives them this name.
mcscotland, Mar 08 2002

       see link.
stupop, Mar 08 2002

       ...and put the peope the do: -Conservation work. -Hospital porter/laundry assistant. -Litter Collection or general clean-up of public areas. -Traffic Warden. -Lollipop person out of work....   

       thuosands more peopl unemployed.
CasaLoco, Mar 09 2002

       Bleh -- It's hard enough to reconcile a draft with notions of liberty. This should never fly, and I'd certainly never do it. What's so important about litter that you have to go to the extreme measure of forcing someone who was minding their own business to take care of it? Jury duty at least is intended to do justice, and is an extremely narrow exception to the rule.
cpt kangarooski, Mar 09 2002

       "What's so important about litter that you have to...take care of it?"
It's a great lesson in why you shouldn't litter. And there's no reason the jobs shouldn't offer minimum wage.
phoenix, Mar 09 2002

       No, being fined for littering is a good reason why you shouldn't litter.   

       This is being fined for not picking up someone else's litter. It doesn't bear any incentive to prevent people from littering, and the knowledge that someone else will have to pick it up is probably going to encourage littering!
cpt kangarooski, Mar 09 2002

       We are the lollipop kids, the lollipop kids, the lollipop kids,
We are the lollipop kids... and we'd like to welcome you to Munchkinland!
thumbwax, Mar 09 2002

       "Once in your life" should be a part of school's physical education (#1 among great course names) curriculum. Tell the first and second year kids to enjoy their field trips to the dairy and to the newspaper printer because most of their lives they'll be taking out the trash and cruising about looking for a clear parking space.
reensure, Mar 10 2002

       I think part of a kid's high school credit should be based on community service. Kid's might like it because it's more exciting than a basic sit-in-a-desk-with-a-book class, no one feels like a dork since everyone has to do it, and it strengthens the bond between the individual and the community. I think this could be a good thing in a day and age when many kids couldn't give a shit about respecting authority or their surroundings. Also, because you get a grade for the class it's less likely that people will half-ass the work.
tchaikovsky, Jun 20 2004


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