Taking getting paid chicken feed to a whole new level!!

In Uzbekistan, teachers are being paid (literally) with chickens!  Although the authorities said receiving the chickens was voluntary, a teacher in the Bukhara region in central Uzbekistan said the chickens had been forced on them.  “We were forced to take ten chickens each,” he said. “One Serbian chicken is valued at 5.5 soms ($3 at the official rate)… Local chickens are cheaper but we were left no choice.”   Does this mean that slowly chickens maybe become an accepted medium of exchange there?  If you start breeding them would you literally be making money? 

I guess this is one creative way to deal with an economic crisis.  In Germany after the first world war, when there was hyperinflation and the currency became effectively useless, cigarettes became a de facto currency, as you needed a wheelbarrow to carry round your bank notes!

When systems stop working, people will find a creative way round them, the real trick of Change is not to wait till disaster strikes, but to keep asking, “Is there a better, smarter way of doing this?”  When I was a mere snip of a lad and first started work, I’d often ask older and wiser folks why we were doing it this way and was usually told “That’s the way we‘ve always done it..”  It was a poor answer back then and a dangerous one now!  If you don’t challenge yourselves, then someone else, somewhere else will….

“I want there to be no peasant in my kingdom so poor that he cannot have a chicken in his pot every Sunday” – Henry IV

“The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.” – unknown

“Sticking feathers up your butt does not make you a chicken.” – Chuck Palahniuk


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