By: “Gyro Boy”
There is no money left. It’s gone. Get used to it. You can go march and riot all you want but , but it won’t come back. It’s been neatly tucked away in Swiss bank accounts and off-shore companies, mostly by the same people who were supposed to be managing it for all of us. It’s a familiar story here in Greece. And it’s been happening for decades. So much money poured into Greece in the recent past, and we have so little to show for it. Greece owes more money than can ever be paid back and yet you would never guess it looking at it’s infrastructure. In Athens, there are so many bumps and potholes in the roads that it feels like you are on a perpetual roller coaster whenever you drive. Sidewalks for walking do not exist or are blocked by parked cars and motorcycles or trash bins or junk or trees or a million other things. And oh yeah, there are no rules, or better yet, no enforcement of the rules. In almost anything in Greece. It is the land of the spoiled brat phenomenon. Most Greeks are honest and decent people, but there is a minority that is unbelievably arrogant, pushy and self-entitled. Because there are hardly any consequences people are free to do whatever they want, and usually with no consequences whatsoever. This starts at a young age and is engrained in the culture, especially for boys. But whatever Greeks are, and however the media wants to portray them, they don’t deserve this slow hell strangulation. No one does.
So here we are sitting on this giant mound of shit wondering if we will ever get back to “normal”. No we won’t! is my answer. We won’t because it’s all a game. Oh no, we spent too much and now we need to be punished. Give me a fucking break. We didn’t spend anything more than we were given. And there always risks in loaning money. The kickbacks Greece doled out were huge as were their commissions to Goldman Sachs to cook up our numbers to get us in to the EU. The problem is that not enough of the money got to the common person. But they expect the common person to now foot the bill. Fuck You they yell back, marching in the city center enraged! This is not right! This is complete and utter bullshit!!
I’ve fired over 25 people in the last 6 months. The ones that are left I owe 2 months wages and are in a constant state of rebellion. I am shutting down, slowly but surely, and I’m not sure how it’s going to end. Will we end up a small company of 5-10 people? Or will we simply go out of business? What a fucking waste of 20 years of my life. But there are no other options. I owe so much fucking money! I never owed money before. This never ending feeling of dread. I wake up with it, and I go to sleep with it. It.s like having a terminal disease and knowing your days are numbered. What the fuck??? How did we get in this mess? Sales are down 35% this year. Same as last year, and I don’t see a reason why it will be any different next year. I can handle that, but I owe so much money it would take me 5 years of healthy profits to pay back. 5 years! And I was considered well off 3 years ago. Now we are all the same. Now we’re all in the same pot of shit looking at each other stupefied as the temperature rises and we get close to the boiling point.