For some time now there has been an unusual beer stall on a mountain trail in the Czech Giant Mountains. He works “on trust”.
At an altitude of 1080 meters, a large wooden booth box with two taps awaits tourists: from one flowing Czech Konrad beer, from the other – Malinovka raspberry lemonade. There is self-service: you can take plastic glasses with a volume of 0.3 liters or 0.5 liters yourself and pour yourself the appropriate amount of the selected drink. Neither the owner of this “beer stall” nor the seller is nearby. And payment is made not through the terminal, but through a simple slot in the booth. Nobody checks the fact of payment. There is a price list on the box: for a smaller portion of beer, you need to throw 20 crowns into the slot, and for a larger one – 30 crowns.
According to the Czech media, this booth was installed by local entrepreneurs after the pandemic began and the isolation regime was introduced in the country. It allows you to exclude contact between the seller and the buyer and is very popular with tourists. “Our authorities have closed access to us for people. What was left to do? At least it was possible to counteract it,” – the brewer Libor Konkolski explained to reporters.
How do you like this?
Olga Bessonova, sociologist at VTsIOM, economist, leading researcher at the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk:
I would call this type of management “a cafe on trust.” By the way, there are enough of them in the new Russia. I looked into such dumplings in Novosibirsk and Irkutsk, there is such a cafe at the vegetable market in Yalta, in Kaluga the name of the Kommunalka cafe speaks for itself. There is a scattering of homemade food in the Caucasus – in Makhachkala, Nalchik, Vladikavkaz, Pyatigorsk, where they offer to eat specialties without a price tag, and pay “as much as you give.” This type of economy can be called “handout”. Its roots are from ancient Russia, and as the modern experience of the Czech Republic shows, perhaps from the general Slavic way of managing.
In the USSR, this partly evolved into a planned economy. Now this experience comes to light when an emergency in the form of a pandemic makes you “spin”. Here the consistency of actions is important. It is also important not to kill production by taking care of the beneficiaries of the benefits.
Such mechanisms of non-price regulation of the economy do not work on command, but on the principles of self-organization. This is an economy based on trust.
Prepared Vladimir Emelianenko