Thursday, May 7, 2009

You forgot to pay up!

Thursday, May 7, 2009
So, I'm online today and reading my local paper. I get through the daily stories and decide I will check out a new category for a change. I click my way through to the "Odd News" section and what do I find? "Officials order man to pay 36 euro-cent debt "

Of course I am curious and a little floored by this title so off I go to read a bit more about it. It turns out that this man, who resides in Austria, sent in a bill payment of 236.00. He overlook the change owed for whatever reason and found himself in some hot water for it.

Apparently local court officals were so bothered by this that they sent a debt collector to his home to ensure the bill company got their 36 cents immediately. The funniest part of this story is that it cost the debt collector 5 euro's to make the trip. I have never been to Austria personally and it makes me wonder .. What kind of penalty would you get from the court if you stole a pack of gum? 10 years in prison I'm sure ..

I am an avid reader of The Onion and I have to say, this one tops some of the article's I've read over there. That reminds me... I should track down my old neighbour Susie Sunshine, I'm sure she still owes me a nickel for that gumball I bought her in grade 2...


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