One could expect high weirdness
to occur when odd couple Bono, the Irish rocker, and Paul O'Neill, the
US Treasury Secretary set out to tour Africa together last week.
Bono, the wealthy friend of the world's poor, and O' Neill, a leading skeptic
about the accomplishments of past foreign aid programs, have been crisscrossing
the continent to survey its state of affairs and determine where foreign
assistance might be targeted.
One place that won't be needing
any financial aid is the Ford Motor Company assembly plant near Pretoria,
South Africa. Bono and O'Neill toured the plant, the largest industrial
enterprise in the southern hemisphere, on May 25, only to be brought up
short by the pungent odor of South African marijuana.
As reported by Reuters, a
Ford official explained that some employees did smoke marijuana while on
the job. Furthermore, the official explained, the practice was not
unusual at the plant and was tolerated as long as worker safety was not
Maybe someone should tell
the United Auto Workers.
Treasury Secretary O'Neill
seemed surprised to hear that assembly line workers were toking on the
job. "They do?" he interjected. "What do I know? That's
something I don't know anything about."
Bono, who is presumably more
familiar with marijuana than O'Neill, joked about it. "I was getting
off on the diesel fumes myself," he said.
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Issue #239, 5/31/02
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