September 10, 2010 / 5:03 PM / in 7 years

German pub offers free advice to long-term jobless

BERLIN (Reuters Life!) - A Berlin pub has set up an advice desk to help the long-term unemployed get back on their feet. Many regulars to the “Kindl Klause” in Berlin’s southern Neu-Koelln district live off Germany’s minimum jobless benefit, known as Hartz IV, so offering free advice on how to find work again seemed logical, the bar’s boss Michael Hasucha said.

<p>Job councillor Carsten Paschen (R) advices a woman on German Hartz IV unemployment regulations in the backroom of the "Kindl Klause" bar in the Neukoelln district in Berlin, September 10, 2010. REUTERS/Thomas Peter</p>

“About 98 percent of my clients are regulars and every fourth person in Neu-Koelln is on Hartz IV...so it made sense,” he said. “As far as I know there’s no other one like it.”

The point is not to get drunk, he added. “Most people seeking advice just have a coffee or a cola then go,” he said.

The desk, which operates between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m on Fridays, is run by two social workers who once stopped off at the bar after work and got into conversation with locals.

Reporting by Dave Graham, editing by Paul Casciato

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