Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The Michigan Deposit Bottle Scam - in Belgium

The Low Countries - 4,000 miles outside the Beltway

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) - Thrifty Belgians are causing a headache for Dutch supermarkets by gathering large numbers of plastic Coca Cola bottles and bringing them across the border to the Netherlands to collect the deposit, Dutch media reported Tuesday.

The scheme takes advantage of a recent move by Coke's Dutch arm to introduce new bottles that are identical to the ones used in Belgium - but the Dutch bottles carry a euro0.25 (US$0.30) deposit.

It also recalls a classic two-part episode of Seinfeld.

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