Sunday, April 25, 2010


Germany's fake supermarket is a reality check for many people.
A one-of-its-kind superficial supermarket in Hamburg, Germany, uses articles such as inflatable blocks of cheese and plastic money, to teach job skills to the long-termed unemployed. The trainees have to partake in a fourty-hours-per-week training session for up to six months. During this time they will be introduced to the supermarket world and will be assisted by proffesionals such as social workers and group leaders. The trainees will spent their days sorting 'fake' stock, operating fork-lifts, taking orders and pushing around packed shopping carts.

Unfortuanteley, it seems like the uneager trainees are just as fraudulent as their surroundings. The minority states that partaking in the training is better than sitting at home, but the rest seems to be much more content living of their monthly unemployment benefit than working. Since October of 2009, only 14 participants have moved on to work in the warehouse industry and so far none has recieved jobs in the retail trade. However, it should be kept in mind that the supermarket simulation is only in its early days and a proper success rate can only be determined after at least two years.

Inflatable blocks of cheese

An example of fake packages of seafood

Some goods are real, but there are also empty or fake packages.
via spiegel

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