Berlin brothel offers cyclists a discount

Move aimed at beating recession and boosting green credentials

by Tony Farrelly   July 14, 2009  

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They love cyclists in northern Europe and nowhere more so than Germany where a Berlin brothel is showing its love in the only way it can by offering cyclists a discount.

In a recession-busting move aimed at targeting a new market and boosting its green credentials,  customers turning up to the "Maison d'envie" brothel by bike will get a €5 discount on the normal €70 fee – the offer also applies if you get there by public transport too.

Prostitution is legal in Germany where 200,000 prostitutes and those working in registered brothels have the same labour rights as any other workers.

"The recession has hit our industry hard," brothel owner Thomas Goetz told the Reuters news agency.

"Obviously we hope that the discount will attract more people," he added. "It's good for business, it's good for the environment -- and it's good for the girls."

According to Mr Goetz the offer is working too with around 3-5 new customers per day coming in to take advantage of the discount. The offer has also had an unexpected green bonus too helping to ease parking and congestion problems in the neighbourhood.

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as my northern friend would say, "Aye, that's somewhere nice t'park your bike"

Big Grin

posted by VecchioJo [721 posts]
14th July 2009 - 10:34

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There are a lot of cyclists in Berlin so I imagine there will be stiff competition! Wink

posted by SimpleSimon [108 posts]
14th July 2009 - 10:39

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Have they got secure facilities?

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posted by DaveP [467 posts]
14th July 2009 - 11:43

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DaveP wrote:
Have they got secure facilities?

Park and ride

(I'll get my coat)

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4110 posts]
14th July 2009 - 11:45

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will Berlin fixie riders continue to be targeted by the police now they can come to an effective stop

(mine's the red Gore on the hook next to yours Tony)

posted by VecchioJo [721 posts]
14th July 2009 - 12:13

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Just make sure you're wearing adequate protection when cycling in Berlin.

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posted by OldRidgeback [1941 posts]
14th July 2009 - 14:05

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It's nice to see an industry that becomes more accommodating during hard times.

It's not just about the size of your cog.

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posted by TRs Blurb n Blog [270 posts]
16th July 2009 - 23:54

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I thought a certain amount of hard time was more or less a pre-requisite in that particular industry Surprise

Okay, okay which way's the cloakroom?!

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posted by hammergonewest [105 posts]
17th July 2009 - 0:04

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