No money? No elevators

March 27, 2009 11:21:05 AM PDT
Two government offices in Romania have come up with a novel way to cut expenses during the economic downturn: Turn off the elevator for most of the day. [SIGN UP: Get bizarre news sent to you]

Cristian Roman, the government representative in the northern county of Botosani, has decreed that elevators at the prefect's and county council offices will only be working between 7-9 a.m. and 3-5 p.m.

Roman says the measure will cut the electric bill. Some 200 people work in the five-story building.

Romania has been hard hit by the worldwide financial crisis. The International Monetary Fund said Thursday that Romania would receive a euro20 billion ($27.2 billion) loan from the IMF, the European Union and other financial institutions to boost government finances.

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