Romanians halt elevators to save money in crisis

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - 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.
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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