The Pain In Spain


Falls mainly on the 99 per cent.

The woman, 33, said that she had once worked at the post office but that her unemployment benefits had run out and she was living now on 400 euros a month, about $520. She was squatting with some friends in a building that still had water and electricity, while collecting “a little of everything” from the garbage after stores closed and the streets were dark and quiet.

Such survival tactics are becoming increasingly commonplace here, with an unemployment rate over 50 percent among young people and more and more households having adults without jobs. So pervasive is the problem of scavenging that one Spanish city has resorted to installing locks on supermarket trash bins as a public health precaution.


Austerity, que?

Spain Recoils as Its Hungry Forage Trash Bins for a Next Meal (Suzanne Daley, New York Times)

(Samuel Aranda/NYT)