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Cop shop: Crisis-hit Greece rents police for €30 per hour
04-12-2012, 06:37 PM #1
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Quote:Greece is offering a ‘cop-for-hire’ service, renting out policemen for €30 per hour, plus €10 if you want a police car too. It triggered fears that security of people who cannot afford a policeman for hire may be affected in favor of those who can.

This new way for the cash-strapped Greek state to raise money will "pay for the cost of using police materials and infrastructure, and allow to modernize them", the Ministry of Citizen Protection said in a statement.

The Police services on offer were previously used in "exceptional cases" – escorting the transportation of dangerous material or art works and were free of charge. Now, Police services have a price-tag. If you need something special the hourly fee for patrol boats is €200, and €1500 for helicopters, according to the Proto Thema newspaper.

Even though the ministry said it would only accept such hires if they do not affect the security forces' operational capacity, only those with the cash will benefit from the initiative. The newspaper says the less wealthy will be left to deal with crime by themselves.

The financial crisis left Greece with rising unemployment, a fast-growing crime rate and a surge in illegal immigration. Security has substantially deteriorated in the Greek capital in recent years, with previously safe and calm neighborhoods of the city becoming literally off limits after nightfall.

The Athens City Council described the situation as, "The city's historic center and other major areas are suffering desertification, all manner of criminal activity and manifestations of violence, insecurity, lawlessness, the impoverishment of significant numbers of people – both native inhabitants and foreign nationals, illegal prostitution and illegal drug trading."

Who wants to bet that Goldman robbing Sachs, is making money out of this.gaah.gif
04-12-2012, 06:45 PM #2
Shadow Incognito Anonymous
How long before police respond to nothing without cash up front?

Store merchant: "Hello police I'm being robbed"
Police: "Armed robbery rates are €30 per hour is it an armed robbery?"
Store merchant: "Yes, they have guns, get here quick"
Police: "Two officers for an estimated 4 hrs will be €240 you will be charged for, this call is recorded and monitored for you protection, do you agree?"

04-12-2012, 06:53 PM #3
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Reminds me of the dystopian world creating in the book Snowblind. The myth of nation state will eventually die off or sold off openly to corporations.
04-12-2012, 06:56 PM #4
Kreeper Griobhtha
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Don't they pay taxes in Greece?

Aren't those taxes used to pay civil servants?

Seems to me the Greeks have already paid for police services.


I say riot. It would take a LOT of police to quell a riot. Who is gonna fork over that kind of cash?


I am speaking of the life of a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children; who has undertaken to cherish it and do it no damage, not because he is duty-bound, but because he loves the world and loves his children… - Wendell Berry, 1971
04-12-2012, 06:58 PM #5
Shadow Incognito Anonymous
Yup. This part caught my attention

the Ministry of Citizen Protection

wtf2.gif How Orwellian. Except in 1984 you didn't pay cash from your pocket plus taxes when you called 'the minstry' fucking wild Prometheus sad2.gif
04-12-2012, 09:33 PM #6
Octo Mother Superior
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Soon enough there will be an unofficial police force that charges only €15 per hour. Maybe even the Mexicans with their fast & furious guns will do it for €5... coffeetime.gif
04-12-2012, 09:56 PM #7
Kreeper Griobhtha
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There's a hell of a big difference in running across the boarder and running across the ocean. It is pronounced Hay-'soos, not Gee'-zus.


What will happen is crime will get out of control in Greece and when the riots start the UN will send in the "Peace Keepers". What would be really awesome is if the Greek people would say, "Fuck you AND your rent a cops!" (Except i Greek, of course.) and handle the situation themselves showing the rest of the world we don't need Massa any more.

I'm rooting for you Greece!


I am speaking of the life of a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children; who has undertaken to cherish it and do it no damage, not because he is duty-bound, but because he loves the world and loves his children… - Wendell Berry, 1971
04-12-2012, 10:02 PM #8
Octo Mother Superior
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«Αντε γαμήσου ΚΑΙ ενοικίου σας ένα μπάτσους!"




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