Free coffins: political swag for Honduran poor

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In this Aug. 17, 2012 photo, charity employees wait for customers at the offices of the Funeraria del Pueblo, or People's Mortuary, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The charities that provide the coffins, and sometimes free transportation and soft drinks to the bereaved, are run using public funds by three elected officials, two of whom are seeking the presidency and a third who is running for mayor of Tegucigalpa. The charities say the coffins are not a pitch for votes, but an important service to constituents who cannot afford a coffin. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)In some countries political campaigns give out bumper stickers and yard signs. In others, they offer free lunches and supermarket debit cards. In Honduras, one of Latin America's poorest countries and also its most dangerous, candidates dole out another type of political swag: coffins for the destitute.