Britain: All for Lolly

Forbidden by a 131-year-old law known as the Truck Act from paying its workers in anything but "current coin of the realm," British industry every Friday has been forking over 15 million little brown packets of pounds, shillings and pence to 60% of the labor force. Friday evening, Mum gets her share. Friday night, pubs, cinemas and dog tracks get .theirs. Saturday morning, tradesmen get theirs. Unfortunately, stickup men usually take theirs early on Friday, and robbers in London alone last year made off with $700,000 worth of lolly. Alarmed by the rising...

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