You heard right! Flip flop shoes are being handed out to drunk women in Devon, England. Why? To help these drunk women in high heel shoes prevent falls that could result in serious injuries. Or from walking around barefoot in the sub zero temperatures, when they have removed their shoes for fear of potential injury, or simply to facilitate the walk home. No kidding.
Drunk women who stagger about in high heels are to be protected – at public expense – from twisting their ankles. They will be handed flip-flops to wear by police outside nightclubs as they wend their way home. The scheme is part of a £30,000 drive by police and councillors to prevent ‘alcohol-related harm’.
The rubber shoes, which carry printed messages about safe drinking, will also be available free from the council’s ‘Safe Bus’ on the harbourside… Inspector Adrian Leisk, from Safer Communities Torbay, said: ‘Sometimes people get drunk and you see them carrying footwear which is inappropriate.
The locals are a little puzzled by the safety campaign. Flip flops with messages? Who will read their shoes when they are drunk? Will there be flip flop fashion shows on the way out the pub doors? Will there be different colors?
‘The emphasis is on providing replacement footwear for people to get home in, should they find their footwear uncomfortable, inappropriate or soiled.’
Those creative and safe Brits.