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(Reuters)   Greece decides the best way to increase tourism is by not allowing visitors to leave   (reuters.com) divider line
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2010-04-26 4:42:21 PM  
The squeaky wheel gets the Greece.
 
2010-04-26 4:49:38 PM  
900 mostly Spanish tourists stranded at port

900 Spanish hostages? That's rich.
 
2010-04-26 5:23:43 PM  
+1 for Subby.

Semi-cool story bro:

When I was 12, we took a week long trip down to Greece. One day, we saw this fat/aggressive restaurant owner literally trying to pull tourists into his establishment.

/We were sitting at another place across the street.
//Sat back and enjoyed the show.
 
2010-04-26 7:36:08 PM  
Greece, you can check out, but you can never leave?
 
2010-04-26 7:41:09 PM  
Well that's because Greeks are just Jews without money.
 
2010-04-26 7:41:15 PM  
I've heard that Greece has a back door that's very popular...couldn't the tourists use that?
 
2010-04-26 7:43:58 PM  

strangeguitar: I've heard that Greece has a back door that's very popular...couldn't the tourists use that?


Win.
 
2010-04-26 7:44:19 PM  
Hey! It worked for me with my girlfriends.

/Running out of space for the cages in the basement, though.
 
2010-04-26 7:44:23 PM  
If Afghanistan attacked Turkey from the rear, would Greece help?
 
2010-04-26 7:46:47 PM  
I think I did this in Roller Coaster Tycoon. It doesn't end up well if I recall.
 
2010-04-26 7:47:20 PM  

Greece decides the best way to increase tourism is by not allowing visitors to leave


That's nobody's business but the Turks.
 
2010-04-26 7:47:47 PM  
What striking dockers might look like.

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2010-04-26 7:51:14 PM  
Q: How can you tell if a Greek is polite?

A: He goes out with a girl at least three times before sleeping with her brother.
 
2010-04-26 7:52:06 PM  
This is just a Tropico publicity stunt.
 
2010-04-26 7:52:16 PM  
Bend over greek sailor,
Bend over for me.
For I get so lonely when I go to sea!
 
2010-04-26 7:54:05 PM  

The_Sponge: Q: How can you tell if a Greek is polite?

A: He goes out with a girl at least three times before sleeping with her brother.

 
2010-04-26 7:55:18 PM  
 
2010-04-26 7:55:45 PM  
Is it really true that Greece is the Mexico of the European Union?.
 
2010-04-26 7:55:59 PM  
Did they release the kracken?! to prevent them from leaving?
 
2010-04-26 7:56:14 PM  
[image from i68.photobucket.com too old to be available]

Feckin' Greeks.
 
2010-04-26 7:58:48 PM  
First Vatican priests, now Greek Seamen?
 
2010-04-26 7:59:48 PM  

EdNortonsTwin: First Vatican priests, now Greek Seamen?


Beats Cleveland Steamers.
 
2010-04-26 8:06:50 PM  
Isn't striking a regular occurance in Greece? When my wife and I were there last May we took a train into the heart of Greece but had to make bus arrangements to get back to Athens for our flight out because the rail workers had planned a strike. At least they let everyone know ahead of time to plan for the strike. Was this one a surprise or were all the Spaniards at the port just disconnected from the regional news?
 
2010-04-26 8:09:06 PM  
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2010-04-26 8:12:09 PM  
Where does the "crow-bar" go?
 
2010-04-26 8:13:47 PM  
900 mostly Spanish tourists stranded at port

Only half-Spanish tourists free to go?
 
2010-04-26 8:14:35 PM  
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he's from Spain
 
2010-04-26 8:19:51 PM  
greece is fd and will bring down the EU. Why? Well when they had their own currency they could cook their books. Not they cant. There is no industry in Greece - little imports or exports. Everyone works for the government or tourism. Plus they don't like to work. just discuss philosophy and trade orgy stories by the sea. It's funny how greece gets ripped on but it's a beautiful place, chill people, and good food. dont hate
 
2010-04-26 8:33:59 PM  
I thought the motto was Greek sailors never leave passengers' behind (or something)
 
2010-04-26 8:39:17 PM  
Labour Minister Andreas Loverdos said the IMF had asked if Greece would end a system in which all workers receive two extra monthly salaries a year as bonuses.

WTFopolous?
 
2010-04-26 8:40:00 PM  
Greeks like to steal:

Macedonian history
Turkish cuisine
your dads virginity...
 
2010-04-26 8:41:16 PM  
So, the tourists wanted to go to sea, and in typical fashion, the Greeks thought they heard gootse.
 
2010-04-26 8:41:47 PM  

sat1va: Isn't striking a regular occurance in Greece? When my wife and I were there last May we took a train into the heart of Greece but had to make bus arrangements to get back to Athens for our flight out because the rail workers had planned a strike. At least they let everyone know ahead of time to plan for the strike. Was this one a surprise or were all the Spaniards at the port just disconnected from the regional news?

---------------------------------

Yes. Greece's strike traditions are hilarious. They let people know ahead of time, so they can plan for it, and then the strike itself usually only lasts a day, maybe two if they're really pissed.

bostonowns: greece is fd and will bring down the EU. Why? Well when they had their own currency they could cook their books. Not they cant. There is no industry in Greece - little imports or exports. Everyone works for the government or tourism. Plus they don't like to work. just discuss philosophy and trade orgy stories by the sea. It's funny how greece gets ripped on but it's a beautiful place, chill people, and good food. dont hate

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While it's true about the currency... There actually IS industry in Greece. They are a big agricultural center for much of Europe, and yes, its largest industry is tourism... but it's a big industry. Greece is known to be one of the most hospitable and beautiful countries in the world... people flock there to visit.

As for technology and manufacturing... well, those aren't big industries there, but there is some. And it's wrong that Greeks don't like to work. They just have the typical European attitude about it: when you're at work, you are at work, and you are focused on doing your job. Very little screwing around on the job is tolerated. However, when you're NOT at work... You're NOT at work. There's no blending of work and personal life like we have here.

And I think the 2- month bonus is silly. Take that pay, and divide it out into the rest of the year or something... treat it as part of the wage. Maybe have a 2- week bonus or something. But don't say, for example, that the employee gets a salary of... say... 40,000 euros/ year, then 6,667 Euros as a bonus. Make it 45,000 euros/ year, and a 1,600 bonus!
 
2010-04-26 8:44:52 PM  
I saw the movie 6 times. I didn't want to leave. I didn't realize I was considered a tourist.
 
2010-04-26 8:48:14 PM  
"We went to Greece didn't we?"

"WE MET IN GREECE!"

"At a rave."
 
2010-04-26 8:48:30 PM  

Unique23b: If Afghanistan attacked Turkey from the rear, would Greece help?


Funny
 
2010-04-26 8:49:44 PM  

Unique23b: If Afghanistan attacked Turkey from the rear, would Greece help?


The bluegrass state of KY would send troops.
 
2010-04-26 8:59:57 PM  
I'd go to Greece and stay. I'll be laying right down there...with WINE!
[image from thetravelpeach.com too old to be available]
 
2010-04-26 9:00:56 PM  

amuses me: Unique23b: If Afghanistan attacked Turkey from the rear, would Greece help?

Funny


Not related at all: I was checking out "(Want to sponsor this Farker for TotalFark?) (What's TotalFark?)" for spelling errors. I saw nothing wrong. For that, and so many other reasons, I believe this is the world's greatest site with lots of kind, benevolent members.
 
2010-04-26 9:04:35 PM  

GaryPDX: 900 mostly Spanish tourists stranded at port

900 Spanish hostages? That's rich.


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That would take an armada to bring them back.

They should launch some sort of inquiry into this affair. They won't expect that!
 
2010-04-26 9:06:12 PM  

Greek: While it's true about the currency... There actually IS industry in Greece. They are a big agricultural center for much of Europe, and yes, its largest industry is tourism... but it's a big industry. Greece is known to be one of the most hospitable and beautiful countries in the world... people flock there to visit.

As for technology and manufacturing... well, those aren't big industries there, but there is some. And it's wrong that Greeks don't like to work. They just have the typical European attitude about it: when you're at work, you are at work, and you are focused on doing your job. Very little screwing around on the job is tolerated. However, when you're NOT at work... You're NOT at work. There's no blending of work and personal life like we have here.

And I think the 2- month bonus is silly. Take that pay, and divide it out into the rest of the year or something... treat it as part of the wage. Maybe have a 2- week bonus or something. But don't say, for example, that the employee gets a salary of... say... 40,000 euros/ year, then 6,667 Euros as a bonus. Make it 45,000 euros/ year, and a 1,600 bonus!


As a fellow Non-American Farker, I applaud your stance of breaking stereotypes, and as an architecture student (already at the door of the professional field work) I admire a lot of what the Greek culture has given to the Western World.

/Also
//Might head to Athens this summer with my cousin in Paris
///Any restaurant, bar, or local food you recommend?
 
2010-04-26 9:15:09 PM  

GaryPDX: 900 mostly Spanish tourists stranded at port

900 Spanish hostages? That's rich.


The Spartans holding the Armada hostage? Sounds like a Civ IV scenario.
 
2010-04-26 9:15:24 PM  
Reminds me of a visit to Ecuador. They charge you 25 bucks a person in some sort or tourist tax or other that you must pay before you leave, otherwise you can't board your plane. This is on top of their outrageous airport fees.

/hey asshats, charge the 25 bucks when people enter the country, otherwise the last impression of your country you leave them with is of them getting ripped off.
//never going back.
 
2010-04-26 9:17:37 PM  

CygnusDarius: As a fellow Non-American Farker, I applaud your stance of breaking stereotypes, and as an architecture student


Architecture students are always greek apologists.
 
2010-04-26 9:18:31 PM  
"Now yous can't leave"

If it works for Italians , why not ?
 
2010-04-26 9:20:40 PM  

happygirl: I'd go to Greece and stay. I'll be laying right down there...with WINE!

What the hell?
Get off my front yard!!

/beautiful water.
 
2010-04-26 9:21:04 PM  
I wonder if Greece will be able to A-zorba all the outsiders.
 
2010-04-26 9:22:06 PM  

CygnusDarius: As a fellow Non-American Farker, I applaud your stance of breaking stereotypes, and as an architecture student (already at the door of the professional field work) I admire a lot of what the Greek culture has given to the Western World.


As a architecture student are you implying Greek buildings are built better than what we in the states have now? Look at the coliseum, it's in ruins. That doesn't support your observation. Look at our coliseums, Texas Stadium, the Kingdome, the Hoosierdome, Yankee Stadium, the Silverdome...never mind.

/you win
 
2010-04-26 9:28:18 PM  

One Bad Apple


"Now yous can't leave"


That was a good scene.
 
2010-04-26 9:48:29 PM  
Why do you think they failed as a history point? This is an example.

Failure to comply to common sense?

Be assimilated by default.
 
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