You too can recreate Greek business models in the comfort of your own home. All you need is some small children or teenage boys. Gather your children or teenagers into one place and get them to sit down while you explain that today we’re going to open a business, a bank or even a government department. As you explain the various systems that need to be put into place to ensure a smooth service for the client and maximum profitabilty for the business you should be getting the following reactions:
Hey what’s she saying? I don’t understand the words. When did I last have some food? What happens if I eat this? Oh there’s something shiny over there so I’ll just go and have a look at it, but my sister got to it first so I’ll just shout at her and then pull it away from her. Mummy’s still talking to someone and this is boring so I’ll just go to sleep now. Perhaps I could burp first. That’s better.
We bought into a service, a service that is connected and works which is pretty much a miracle. Mr Tabliope, the keeper of the bank account, set up a direct debit to pay for this service each month. We come back from our Christmas holiday to find a letter in Greek with numbers on it. We decided (wrongly, it turned out) that this was just a copy of the bill that would come out of our bank account because the numbers matched the numbers we’d been told this service costs. So, we ignored it and a couple of days later we received an SMS telling us that we’d defaulted on this bill and it had to be paid immediately. Mr Tabliope goes to the bank with the piece of paper with Greek writing and asked if they’d set up the direct debit. Oh yes, they assured him, they had. So why was he getting messages about default? Oh well, that would be because you pay the first month in cash. Mr T produces cash and tries to pay but the bank say that he cannot do this in his own bank and he must go to another bank. No, of course they don’t know which bank but maybe the post office would be able to help. Eventually someone was found who could tell Mr T where to pay this bill.
Evidently the Greek economy is still going down the pan.