Berlin brothel encourages johns to go green

photo by Tony the Misfit

Urban Outfitters aren’t the only ones trying to make bicycles sexier. A brothel in Berlin, Germany, where prostitution is legal, is now offering discounts to customers who arrive by bike or a verifiable form of public transportation: 5 euros off a 70-euro 45-minute sesh. Since “leisure” spending is one of the first things to go during a recession, the owner apparently tried to come up with a plan that was “good for business . . . good for the environment.” The Guardian UK’s Ethical Living blog checked out the brothel, Maison d’Envie, online and did a little translating of their site spiel to confirm the sale (which the German major among us, in turn, confirmed):

The Maison d’Envie offers one major advantage over other establishments: it is perfectly accessible by public transport. Both S-and U-Bahn stations are within walking distance and well-maintained bicycle paths also allow for a more environmentally friendly journey. And because we want to reward your green commitment, we have – and it’s unique in Berlin – an environmental discount.

Let’s just hope the employees of this establishment aren’t undoing all the good of this bicycle sale by flushing their day’s worth of  condoms down the toilets — not an environmentally-friendly way to dispose of one’s rubbers.