Spanish theater sells carrots to avoid tax hike
BESCANO, SPAIN – During the American Revolution, Boston got all testy when their tea was tariffed. But today, a small Spanish town is sticking it to their very own taxman, by using carrots. The Bescano Theater in Spain is looking more like a produce stand than a stage these days, ever since their box-office started selling the veggies. And here’s the drama…
Over the summer, Spain hiked up the tax on theaters to 21%. Fearing his little playhouse would go under in their tough economy, owner Quim Marce came up with this crunchy solution: sell carrots instead of tickets! Carrots grow plentiful in that part of Spain, and with only a 4% tax on the veggie, the crafty theater folk started selling them instead of tickets. At $16 a carrot, the purchaser gets to enjoy a free admission to the theater.
So sales are up and the theater culture is healthy thanks to the Spanish carrot revolution.