Dirty Carpets

The U.N. makes do with less

The United Nations has fallen on lean times. Volunteer workers have replaced many salaried employees in information booths. Delegates are no longer supplied with water carafes but must trek to the nearest water cooler. Even the shampooing of rugs has been suspended. "If they spill coffee on the carpet, tough," says Dennis Beissel, head of general services at the U.N.'s Manhattan headquarters. "They'll learn to like the color."

The austerity measures are likely to continue: the U.S. announced last week that its donation to the U.N.'s 1986 budget would total $100 million, rejecting the General Assembly's assessment of $210 million --...

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