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Bailout package

I saw this on a mailing list and it seemed pretty interesting:


It is a slow day in a little Greek Village. 

The rain is beating down and the streets are deserted.  Times are tough.  Everybody is in debt.  Everybody lives on credit.

On this particular day a rich German tourist is driving through the village.  He stops at the local hotel and lays a €100 note on the desk, telling the hotel owner he wants to inspect the  rooms upstairs in order to pick one to spend the night.

The owner gives him some keys and, as soon as the visitor has walked upstairs, the hotelier grabs the €100 note and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.

The butcher takes the €100 note and runs down the street to repay his debt to the pig farmer.

The pig farmer takes the €100 note and heads off to pay his bill at the supplier of feed and fuel.

The guy at the Farmers' Co-op takes the €100 note and runs to pay his drinks bill at the taverna.

The publican slips the money along to the local prostitute drinking at the bar, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer him "services" on credit.

The hooker then rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill to the hotel owner with the €100 note.

The hotel proprietor then places the €100 note back on the counter so the rich traveller will not suspect anything.

At that moment the traveller comes down the stairs, picks up the €100 note, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, pockets the money, and leaves town.

No one produced anything.  No one earned anything.  However, the whole village is now out of debt and looking to the future with a lot more optimism.

And that, Ladies and Gentlemen, is how the bailout package works!


Paul Scholes's picture

If only    1 thanks

Paul Scholes | | Permalink

More likely that each would go to their creditor and say "times is hard, can't pay you the €100 I owe you but here take €xx for the time being" OR one of them does a bunk.  Maybe I've lived & worked too long in South London, it may be different in Greece?

Democratus's picture

I note that none of them informed their accountant    1 thanks

Democratus | | Permalink

I note that none of them informed their accountant of the additional income and that is why they were in that predicament in the first place. 

ShirleyM's picture

Peter forgot to mention ...

ShirleyM | | Permalink

... that the note was a forgery, so I have reported them all to SOCA ;)

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