Greece Asks Tourists to Return Hotel Towels, Pillows and Ashtrays So Country Could Pay Back Debt
ATHENS, 29. June 2015, (The Global Edition) – Greek government asked today that all tourists who have been on holiday there in the last 30 years return all stolen towels, ashtrays, clothes hangers, cutlery and plates they took from hotels in order for that country to pay back its debt to the IMF, foreign media reports.
After the negotiations with the European Union had reached a dead end, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis decided to implement the “plan B” and demanded from foreign tourists to return all hotel property they managed to bring with themselves home.
“We have calculated that, in the past 30 years alone, tourists have stolen 1.5$ billion in towels, slippers, cheesy paintings, bathrobes, which is approximately the same amount we need to pay back the last part of the debt. In order to encourage tourists to return property to hotels, we offer an incentive – if you return towels, robes, pillows, Do Not Disturb signs and cutlery, you will get to keep soaps, shampoos, light bulbs, and remote control batteries,” Mr. Varoufakis promised. “Also, those who return a missing head or an arm they took from statues, will get a free holiday”, he added.
Mr. Varoufakis also said that the Finance Ministry’s calculations have shown that Greece would not have any debt whatsoever if “some tourists, mostly Poles and Czechs, hadn’t been bringing their food from home with them on holiday instead of buying food in Greece.”