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 and everybody lives on credit.
On this particular day a rich German tourist is driving through
the village, stops at the local hotel and lays a 100 Euro note on
the front desk, telling the owner he wants to inspect the rooms
upstairs in order to pick one to spend the night in. The owner
gives him some keys and, as soon as the visitor has walked
upstairs, the hotelier grabs the 100 Euro note and runs next door
to pay his debt to the butcher............
The butcher takes the 100 Euro note and runs down the street to
pay his debt to the pig farmer..........The pig farmer takes the
100 Euro 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 Euro
note and runs to pay his drinks bill at the local taverna.....The
publican slips the money along the counter to the local prostitute
drinking at the bar who has also been facing hard times and has had
to offer him her services 'on credit'.......The hooker then rushes
to the hotel to pay off her room bill to the hotel owner with the
100 Euro note. The hotel proprietor then places the 100 Euro note
back on the counter so the rich traveller will not suspect
At that moment the traveller comes down the stairs, picks up
the 100 Euro note, states that the rooms are not to his liking,
pockets the money and leaves town.....
No -one produced anything, no-one earned anything. However the
whole village are now out of debt and looking to the future with a
lot more optimism!!
And that ladies and gentlemen is how a bailout package