Street-cons on probation in Naples work as free tour-guides

Marilyn sez, "Naples has developed an innovative ex-offender program that sends former convicts back out on the streets-- with maps and tourist brochures."


But what's most innovative is that they've also given 80 former convicts gigs offering tourists advice on staying safe in the city. The (mostly) men, clad in yellow vests, can now be found escorting tourists attempting to maneuver through dodgy neighborhoods, helping with heavy luggage, and offering suggestions to avoid becoming a target of a petty crime (you really shouldn't be wearing that flashy watch, now should you?). Their services are all free, and tipping is discouraged (let's not even talk about bribes).

Ex-Cons as Tour Guides?

(Thanks, Marilyn!)

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