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Cashing In On Human Misery By Offering To Buy Human Tears

The way that the rich exploit the poor is being highlighted in Poland after a group set up a donor centre - paying cash for tears.

Everyday people start queueing up outside the Community Centre in the eastern Polish city of Lublin where they can earn up to 100 zloty (20 GBP) for every 3 millilitres of tears that they manage to provide.

The organisers of the event, which say it is to highlight the way the misery of the poor is exploited in order to make profits, said they have been surprised at the reaction in the number of people that turned up to take part.

Przemko Pawlak, one of those collecting tears at the centre, said: "We don't distinguish between the types of tears, and we pay the same amount for genuine human misery where the people cry genuine tears, as well as for people who use artificial aids to squeeze out crocodile tears. That means for example using onions to get the required amount."

Patrycja Rutkowska, 63, who was one of those in the queue, said: "I had to give it a go, I have never heard of anything like this in my life and I can't understand what it's all about. But 100 zloty is 100 zlotys, and I'm happy to give it a go."

Each donor is provided with a vile, and there are magazines on hand with sad stories inside for those who prefer not to use onions and need to be reminded that life can be really miserable. It includes some articles from serious publications about unemployment and gloomy forecasts about the economic situation.

After bottling the tears, the people behind the project reportedly plan to resell them as human misery to highlight the exploitation of the poor by those with the money to do it.

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