Friday, February 24, 2012

Greek Shareholders Have to Provide Stool Samples?

Oh, come on now, that can't be true:
Antonopoulos and his partners spent hours collecting papers from tax offices, the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the municipal service where the company is based, the health inspector’s office, the fire department and banks. At the health department, they were told that all the shareholders of the company would have to provide chest X-rays, and, in the most surreal demand of all, stool samples.
Well, they are a start up. I guess the government needs to be sure they aren't stopped up.

Then, of course, the bank bureaucrats had to get involved:
Once they climbed the crazy mountain of Greek bureaucracy and reached the summit, they faced the quagmire of the bank, where the issue of how to confirm the credit card details of customers ended in the bank demanding that the entire website be in Greek only, including the names of the products.

“They completely ignored us, however much we explained that our products are aimed at foreign markets and everything has to be written in English as well,” said Antonopoulos.
Now we may know why Greece's economy is in the toilet.

Tell me again: Just why are we supposed to be sympathetic for the Greeks' plight? Didn't they bring it on themselves?

UPDATE: I'm not sure where I read this, but this seems to be the original article.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Santorum vs Libertarians