There was a time when the police use to just put the drunks in a cell for the night and then have them up before the magistrates the next morning on a drunk and disorderly charge. It is very rarely that I hear about drunks having such treatment from the police these days.
Yes I do know that there are far too many drunks about the place these days for the police to run them all in to a cell for the night, but still I do wonder what has gone wrong that our streets are virtually a no go area for decent law abiding citizens on many a weekend night.
As for the police dishing out flip flops to help the drunks get home in some safety, well the police must think it a good idea and at least they are doing something about the problem. Give it a try it may even work.