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August 15, 2020

The Drunk Basket, Istanbul, ca. 1960s

A drunken man placed in a basket and carried away, Istanbul, 1960s.⁣

Many bars in Turkey would often employ basket men whose sole purpose was to take patrons home when they were too drunk to stand up. Most of these men would work as porters during the day and then would work as basket men at night to earn some extra money.⁣

In Turkish these people are called “küfeci” and to be so drunk you couldn’t walk was called “küfe”. There’s also a saying in Turkey, “küfelik olmak”, which means “needing to be carried home in a basket”.⁣

(via History Cool Kids)


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