Any rational person knows that government handouts can cost private citizens an arm and a leg, but a 25-year-old German waitress recently discovered that sometimes they can cost less mundane body parts, too: genitals.

The woman, a former information technology professional whose name was withheld for legal reasons, recently turned down a job offer to provide “sexual services” for a Berlin brothel. Consequently, the German government [could legally] cancel her meal ticket.

According to German law, a woman under 55 who has been unemployed for more than a year must take any available job or lose unemployment benefits. Because prostitution is legal in Germany, whoring counts.

Note to socialists everywhere: when one relies on the government to sustain one’s life, it eventually becomes clear who owns it.

[Updated: Feb, 12, 2005]

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