Will mediate for beer: as times get tough, locals turn to bartering

Pub barters beer for food

At The Pigs, a pub in Norwich, England, locals can trade food — produce they’ve grown or game they’ve caught — for beer. According to the sign posted in the pub, “If you grow, breed, shoot or steal anything that may look at home on our menu, then bring it in and let’s do a deal!”

That’s the story according to a video posted by ABC News this evening. (To view, click here and then on the link for the September 16 story titled, “Bartering for Beer”.)

No word yet on whether pub owners will also trade beer for professional services. Accountants, lawyers, mediators, and others, stay tuned.

Bartering is on the rise elsewhere in the world, including here in the U.S., as small business owners and others swap goods and services to cope with lean times and an economy in free fall. It’s a time-honored and creative way to continue to get to yes even when cash is short.

(Photo credit: Mike Johnson.)

4 responses to “Will mediate for beer: as times get tough, locals turn to bartering

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  2. Linda Olden-Smith

    Indeed bartering is in order with mediation as well. As our society becomes more and more aware of the value of the discipline and structure mediation providers bring to dispute discussions the demand for these services shall be required more and more. It is up to the mediator however to value his service and not give it away. Surely there are indigent situations that must be considered, but pretty much everyone has something of value to trade.

  3. You’ve got to admit, this post has one of the best titles for an ADR post I’ve seen.

  4. Stephen, you just made my day! Glad you got a kick out of it…I think you can tell, I had fun with that one myself.