TACOMA, Washington— A blood center is offering donors a deal: Give a pint of blood, get a pint of beer…..The News Tribune of Tacoma reported Monday that donors who are at least 21 years old are given a coupon for a free pint of beer.
Participating pubs and restaurants must wait at least four hours after the blood drive ends before donors can collect their free pint. – Sun/Sentinel
I’d call this a fair exchange. In fact, do it often enough and it would be an exact exchange. I get in touch with the program director, Bud Letting, and ask him who cooked this one up.
“Not sure,” he says. “Rumor is an exec from the Olympia Brewery, but that’s too good to be true. And then there was that underground flick where a vampire was buying underage girls, getting ‘em loaded, then biting their necks when they passed out. ‘Dracula Does Date Rape’ or something.”
“Might have been a local production. But hell – what’s the difference? It’s a great idea, and it tripled the number of donors!”
Well, who wouldn’t exchange a pint of blood for beer? The blood bank wins, the donor wins, and the bars win.
“Oh, trust me, there were some complaints. A couple churches, the usual blue-noses. Local cops made noises about drunk drivers, a few politically correctnicks going on about bad role models and incentivizing bad behavior. Blah blah. It’s only beer, ferchrissakes.”
Makes me wonder what else people might be tempted to donate for a free beer.
“That was part of the discussion, too,” he laughs. “How about voting? Or staying in school?”
Or plain garden variety dating and sex?
“Works for me!” says Bud. “Love makes the world go ‘round, you know, and beer just greases the wheels. Say, gotta go.” He hangs up.
Beer and sex. What a concept. Just in time for Friday night, too.