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Greek Retailers Stocking Up On Shutters In Case Of Riots, Alcohol Inventories Plunge

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While America may be experiencing the occasional zombie apocalypse breakout, probably due to the absence of easily available edible iPads, Greek retailers are preparing for the retail version. "British electrical retailer Dixons has spent the last few weeks stockpiling security shutters to protect its nearly 100 stores across Greece in case of riot. The planning, says Dixons chief Sebastian James, may look alarmist but it's good to be prepared." Why Dixons? "Europe's No 2 electrical retailer Dixons owns Greece's market leading but loss-making Kotsovolos chain, which has a 25-percent market share selling iPads and laptops as well as washing machines, televisions and air conditioning units." There we go: Bill Dudley's edible iPads. The question is what happens when this easily digestable piece of plastic is thoroughly looted after local rioters dispense with the "shutters" supposedly protecting their wares. What will be on the menu next? Sadly not booze: "Diageo, the world's biggest spirits group and the name behind Johnnie Walker whisky and Smirnoff vodka, has reacted by slashing its marketing spend in Greece, reducing stock levels and pulling cash quickly out of the country after it saw its Greek sales halve in the last three years to less than 100 million pounds." So: no food, no booze, no cheap 99 cent iPad aps: this is the way the world's most miserable monetary experiment ends.

Who else is preparing for a peak in rioting, and how?

Company bosses around Europe agree. As the financial crisis in Greece worsens, companies are getting ready for everything from social unrest to a complete meltdown of the financial system.


Those preparations include sweeping cash out of Greece every night, cutting debts, weeding out badly paying customers and readying for a switch to a new Greek drachma if the country is forced to abandon the euro.


"Most companies are getting ready and preparing for a Greek exit and have looked at cash, treasury and currency issues," said Roger Bayly, a partner at advisory and accountancy firm KPMG.


Chief Executive James says the company has contingency plans to shutter up its 69 wholly owned and 29 franchised Greek stores and close them in the short term to protect against any threat of civil unrest and prepare for a switch to a new drachma.


Greece accounts for just over 3 percent of Dixon's annual sales of around 8.2 billion pounds. The company competes with Europe's No 1 electrical chain Metro and with a number of local players which James says may struggled to survive in a crisis.


"We know it would put paid to quite a lot of our competitors and give us an opportunity to get more of a market share. So we are ready and we would be very interested to see how it would turn out," said James.

Dixons should know what is the rioter's pick du jour:

Dixons, using its experience of dealing with riots in London and other British cities last summer - big flat-screen televisions were the looters' booty of choice - has ordered enough shutters to protect its stores and is working with the Greek police and security groups.


The group's sales dipped 9 percent in Italy, Greece and Turkey in the year to late April. The group does not split out Greek sales, but these three nations make up around 7 percent of the group's annual sales.

The 6 Greek Cs:

"Businesses need to build in protection by checking payment terms, sweeping cash out of subsidiaries and into other currencies and check on the vulnerability of suppliers," said Martin O'Donovan, ACT's deputy policy and technical director.


KPMG's Bayly advises his clients to check the six Cs when preparing for a possible Greek euro exit: cash, contracts, continuity, counterparties, control and commercial. He believes that automotive companies, tour operators and pharmaceutical groups would see the biggest immediate disruption from an early euro exit by Greece.


He argues most companies are well prepared on cash issues and contracts with suppliers, but less so on how they would cope with business continuity in the immediate aftermath of a euro exit.

The worst news? No more booze:

Diageo, the world's biggest spirits group and the name behind Johnnie Walker whisky and Smirnoff vodka, has reacted by slashing its marketing spend in Greece, reducing stock levels and pulling cash quickly out of the country after it saw its Greek sales halve in the last three years to less than 100 million pounds.


Diageo has weekly meetings aimed at cutting its exposure to Greece, protecting remaining sales by bolstering its own in-house distribution network, halting supplies to some small bars and focusing on high-end hotels and clubs.


Diageo's Chief Marketing Officer Andy Fennell says its Greek sales are still falling. The once big Johnnie Walker market has already shrunk and now accounts for less than one percent of the group's 10 billion pound annual turnover.


"There could be a marked impact on Greece but the big question is what happens elsewhere across the eurozone," Fennell said with an eye on Diageo's bigger troubled markets inside the eurozone such as Spain and Ireland.

The best news: new drachma will be well stocked and easily available:

De La Rue, which as the world's biggest commercial banknote printer produces more than 150 currencies, has made no comment. Analysts say Greece could have to turn to outside printers because of the sheer quantity of banknotes needed.

Of course, if after reading this any Greeks are still not utterly terrified of what their vote for Syriza would bring (nothing but Keynesian fire and brimstone), very soon precogs will be released to arrest any and all who dare to vote for ending a disastrous monetary experiment which will eventually unleash what happened in Miami over the weekend, worldwide.


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Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:09 | 2469113 SHEEPFUKKER

And so it was. The end. 

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:27 | 2469169 mcguire
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not with a bang, but a whimper..



Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:34 | 2469187 THX 1178
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We'll see what bang(s) the false flag brings.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:53 | 2469236 mcguire
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that is the thing.. they dont even need 'false flag' attacks anymore, a mere underwear bomber will do.  the greek populace is apparently falling for bernaise-type tactics, democracy wilting in the face of scare tactics...  i am routing for the grexit, but i dont think it will happen.  


the consolation prize is that there is still time to get PMs at fire-sale prices.  the failure of greek voters will slingshot the euro higher, and PMs will get a double boost higher as it will trade with all of the other "risk assets" (ironic) and will benefit from the relative weakening of the dollar.  

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:57 | 2469244 mcguire
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not spam, just a decent article on why the euro is about to surge..

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 11:35 | 2469329 THX 1178
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Long EUR huh? Whether or not the exit comes in an obvious way-- written in headlines-- doesn't matter, the bank runs (already underway) will kerplode the EU anywho.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 12:24 | 2469465 Matt
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You read it here on Zerohedge first, folks: Quantitative Easing causes Zombification!

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 20:48 | 2470479 Buck Johnson
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It doesn't matter if a govt. that is centralist does get voted in, they still won't do the austerity beause they just can't.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:10 | 2469117 Oh regional Indian
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Funny thing is, pretty soon, with every "thing" tagged and chipped and locatable, the thieves will have a hard time hiding their loot. 

Seriously, imagine a cop with some kind of a "Scan", just drivign around a neighbourhood and saying "Hey, you, you didn't pay for that iPad you just ate", stolen from ElekTroniki on.....

They're half way there to doing it to humans, what of the machines?

RFID baby, it's what's for din-din!



Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:13 | 2469131 Chaffinch
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Interesting it should be Dixons in the news. Egon Von Greyerz (of Matterhorn Asset Management) used to be their Finance Director - I wonder if Dixons have converted their Euros into Gold?! If so they may need more than shutters to keep the stores safe!

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:18 | 2469147 The Big Ching-aso
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Sales of molotov cocktails however are on fire.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:20 | 2469152 Oh regional Indian
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Ouzoltov cocktails did you say?


Mon, 05/28/2012 - 12:28 | 2469476 goldfish1
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Sales of molotov cocktails however are on fire.

What an opportunity for cottage industries if one can think ahead. Got hooch, bitchez?

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:20 | 2469154 sabra1
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one of many cases! soon to be all your PM's people!

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 12:47 | 2469532 Overfed
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I keep harping this point: There is absolutely no reward for honesty when dealing with any gov't official, especially police. Whenever dealing with a cop; STFU!

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:14 | 2469127 junkyardjack
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This is getting serious, if there's one thing Europe doesn't need it's sober citizens.  US needs to start air dropping Jack Daniels supplies ASAP....

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:18 | 2469138 Long-John-Silver
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How do you say "Moon Shine" in Greek?



Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:21 | 2469157 fasTTcar
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Long copper tubing and pyrex!

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:39 | 2469197 Freewheelin Franklin
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I don't know, but it isn't cold enough in Greece to make apple jack.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:42 | 2469206 francis_sawyer
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goes great with human flesh & a side of pinto beans...

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 12:16 | 2469389 The Big Ching-aso
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When a full moon shines in Athens you know what comes next.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 13:22 | 2469616 WmMcK
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That depends -- oh you mean the alcoholic one (not butt glow).

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:17 | 2469142 Ol Man
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Speaking of US zombie outbreaks...

You can't make this shit up!!!  Its like world economics!!!



Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:46 | 2469216 THX 1178
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The EU is currently eating Greece's face. As above, so below.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 12:18 | 2469430 The Big Ching-aso
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It was just a couple of guys getting off the internet & finally spending some real face time together.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:18 | 2469145 rbg81
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The thing about rioting is that it only works once.  I wonder if the rest of the world will learn anything when the Greek socialist experiment inevitably degenerates into cannabalism.  Methinks not.  There will still be Marxist professors who teach that down is up and idiots willing to listen to 'em.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:20 | 2469155 magpie
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The rioting is sometimes there to promote a "flight to safety".

Just saying. And the marxist professors might as well take a field trip to Cambodia.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 11:35 | 2469328 Freewheelin Franklin
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Yeah, just like those white Middle Class surbabnite Marxists should.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:24 | 2469163 GeneMarchbanks
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You started lying way before but gave yourself away with "Methinks".

I know it's popular to blame words, especially 'socialism' but I'd love to hear more from you about this Marx character who you have clearly read carefully. Please, do elaborate on the Greek socialist problem and then feel free to expand to the world.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:47 | 2469220 FlyoverCountryS...
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"Please, do elaborate on the Greek socialist problem"

Too easy...

The rats were promised FREE CHEESE! in return for voting leftist/Socialist. Now, those rats want the FREE CHEESE! they were promised, they 'Paid!" for it already. (They didn't, of course. They were paying for those who previously got the free cheese for votes). And they don't give a damn who has to pay for it, now.

Greece is a living proof of THE THATCHER RULE:

"Socialism only works until you run out of Other People's Money to spend."

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 11:01 | 2469248 GeneMarchbanks
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Thank you. I rest my case which is: bring back CAPCHA.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:43 | 2469212 Freewheelin Franklin
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In Cuba, one of the first things ransacked were the casinos. Unfortunately, it was the country's primary source of income (next to cigars, of course). We'll see if the Greeks make the same mistake. A devalued drachmae would be good for tourism. 

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:56 | 2469243 GeneMarchbanks
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A devalued drachmae would be good for tourism.

You sure are smart mister, whaddya some kind of economist? Please refrain from recycling BBC talking points on this board as it's a diminishing sanctuary from the mountains of garbage out there.

Meanwhile back in actuality, Egypt has a vibrant tourist industry. Did I say has, I meant had. It turns out, even after a massive devaluation no tourists are lining up for their pyramids or beaches, not sure why maybe it has something to do with the social mood of the locals and not wanting to be part of a military dictatorship. You know, kinda like Greece.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 11:18 | 2469283 Freewheelin Franklin
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For your information, that was from Mr Farage, not the BBC. Perhaps instead of comparing it to Egypt, you should look at Iceland. Now piss off.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 11:23 | 2469300 GeneMarchbanks
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Farage, BBC same shit. Iceland is irrelevant. You're confused.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 11:26 | 2469308 Freewheelin Franklin
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As are you and the rest of the fucking Eurofanatics.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 12:17 | 2469441 GeneMarchbanks
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Facts remain. Eurofanatic?! Lowwd... I'm fully aware of this sad religion as well, nope not a Temple goer like yourself.

You're either an idiot or CoL shill. My bet? Both.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 11:54 | 2469364 Doña K
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I think diarrhea is hereditary. It Marches in your Genes Mr. Banks.

Nothing to do but bombard everyone down instead of putting out some thoughtful commentary of any kind.

According to psychologists, based on your behaviour, you most likely work for the gov. and your wife beats you.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 12:03 | 2469400 GeneMarchbanks
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Luckily for me psychologists are about as scientific as economists.

I bombard idiots and corporate shills like you, sure.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 12:27 | 2469472 tekhneek
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Rough day Gene?

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 15:38 | 2469966 Ghordius
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LOL - reminds me how stevie the pi-rat goes berserk when he smells trolls asking basic questions about gold. ;-)

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 11:27 | 2469310 Temporalist
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Greece is nothing like Egypt.  Egypt = Desert; Greece = Beaches.  Egypt is also a Muslim country (which has been a deterrent for many) and Greece is not.  Also Greece is part of the continent and can be traveled to via land transport.


So on an equal time window after any riots/collapse Greece will recover much quicker when they find stability than Egypt would.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 11:59 | 2469380 Doña K
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1 day in Giza 1/2 a day in the Cairo Museum and 1-1/2 day in Luxor and you're done.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 12:14 | 2469433 GeneMarchbanks
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Nice. A mis-informed idiot and a corporate shill, a two-fer. Inform yourself before revealing the inside of your skull is a desert:

Yes, you're both on point. There are no resorts/hotels on the Mediterranean, Pyramids or Red Sea attractions at all.


Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:35 | 2469161 JustObserving
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Just get some Poppy fields.  The Afghanistan opium crop is about 53% of the licit GDP.

"The price of opium is estimated at 17 times the price of wheat, which is the alternative crop that farmers are encouraged to grow. Wheat is also more vulnerable to disease and requires more water."

Yes, opium can replace alcohol and produce a return 17 times higher than wheat. Legalize it and sell it in your coffee shops now that Amsterdam is closed for business. With all your ships, transportation will be a snap.  

And you pay no taxes ... wait, wait ... you never paid taxes. Is there a word for tax in Greek?? Christine Lagarde thinks not.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:35 | 2469190 roadhazard
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No, no, the US Military got rid of all the Poppy plants.

"Just Say No" ~ Nancy



Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:39 | 2469200 JustObserving
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I know they will be competing with the CIA but these are desperate times.  Meanwhile, opium production in Afghanistan continues to flourish under USA's freedom and democracy initiative. Putin continues to protest as more Russians get addicted.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:41 | 2469203 Mitzibitzi
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Oh, no... sorry, that's 'tax evasion' - must be further down the page, somewhere. Let me see;

tax dodger - nope

tax free - nope

tax collector (see 'Robber') - nope


Mon, 05/28/2012 - 11:48 | 2469355 Temporalist
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Tajikistan tackles thriving heroin trade


Paid for by the EU...

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:26 | 2469162 i-dog
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"the world's most miserable monetary experiment"

It wasn't an 'experiment', it was a deliberate 'device' ... to regain the riches from the middle class that, prior to the rise of the middle class during the industrial revolution, were the sole preserve of the nobility (war-mongers), aristocracy (mercenaries, slave traders, and drug dealers) and the Roman Church (facilitators of the status quo).

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:33 | 2469183 Ghordius
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I assume with "experiment" the author means "fiat money". Which for us european it's going on since August 1971, this time.

I'd say "experiment" is the wrong word, fiat money has been tested several times in history. Median age expectancy of a fiat currency: 70 years.

But of course giving the place in this article we could also assume it's about the EUR. That is mostly backed by...

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:42 | 2469208 frenchie
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methinks u forget the essential part : jews...

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 11:24 | 2469298 i-dog
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I didn't forget them ... They (the Zionist Sabbatean moneylenders) are VERY closely allied with the Roman Church (through the Jesuits and the Illuminati) -- and have been since well before the Rothschild family knew what a shekel looked like.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:26 | 2469164 vast-dom
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Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:24 | 2469165 RobotTrader
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Things are getting close to the "tipping point", and EUR/USD shorts now at a world record.

Only a matter of hours before TPTB makes an announcement of a "Shock and Awe" rescue plan.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:33 | 2469180 doomandbloom
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crocs and wildebeest.....

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:38 | 2469195 WonderDawg
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You're probably right. At some point, though, the markets will quit responding to rumors. Then I guess they'll have to go full retard on printing. But at that point, it might be too late. I guess we're going to find out, one way or another.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 12:01 | 2469386 Non Passaran
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I take that as a recco to buy silver. Thanks.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:32 | 2469179 Trimmed Hedge
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"...ending a disastrous monetary experiment which will eventually unleash what happened in Miami over the weekend, worldwide."


Lovers' spats quickly turning into drug-crazed, face-biting homosexual aggression in public areas?

Oh, my....

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:43 | 2469211 Mitzibitzi
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And I'm guessing the DHS haven't started issuing those fancy .40 hollowpoints, yet, if it took six rounds.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:32 | 2469182 virgilcaine
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Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:39 | 2469201 Trying to Understand
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Thanks to cut-off threats from Berlin-am-Brussels, the Athens government has stopped paying suppliers, foreign importers will not ship until upfront cash has been received and confirmed, and banks have been instructed to lend nothing to either domestic or business borrowers.
The personal loans ban has been framed in the light of a suffen rush for ‘credit’ alongside massive withdrawals. Loans by banks were running at €11bn euros a month. From here on they will be zero.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:51 | 2469230 Mitzibitzi
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Yeah, cos that's gonna help! Stop hungry, desperate people who have no money from accessing any. No chance of a sharp increase in civil disorder, there!

I figure that's precisely what they want, though.

Given the recently discovered natural resources in the Aegean, your options are limited to causing a societal breakdown, so EU 'peacekeepers' can move in, or letting Greece bug out and watching the US, Chinese, Russians or Turks (or some combination of the four) take on the 'peacekeeper' role.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:46 | 2469219 The Alarmist
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The shutters are worthless for anything but substantiating the insurance claim.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 11:00 | 2469254 Mitzibitzi
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Yeah. They'll deter casual theft, but not a guy with a car and a tow-chain.

The ones on my wife's store are pretty heavy duty steel (many are aluminum) and the slide-rails are bolted right through the walls and into 7mm thick steel spreader plates behind the drywall. And concreted 16" into the pavement. We figure they'll slow down looters out front just about long enough for us to fill up the car with what is, now, our food and supplies out back - the rear being much harder to get to and not obviously the back of a shop.

Maybe 10 minutes. Less if they're determined.


Mon, 05/28/2012 - 17:20 | 2470137 Umh
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They work very well if you can shoot the guy with the car and tow chain.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 12:08 | 2469382 Non Passaran
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Very alarming indeed.

I wonder how worthless it'd be to have the shutters on my display while my neighbor doesn't. 

Oh, I see - you're saying the rioters and looters, especially Greek, like challenges and will steal from the store which has the shutters and leave the unprotected store alone.  Excellent point!

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 12:35 | 2469501 The Alarmist
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Not me ... I'm saying that if you want any chance at all to collect on insurance, you need to show you attempted to defend your stuff.  Then again, insurers are notorious for putting all sorts of "outs" into the various clauses, so maybe it is a waste of time and money.  Just clean out the shop and go on holiday.  

Many years ago, when visiting Mexico City, a local told me to leave the car unlocked and the glove box open so the theives could see there was nothing there to steal.  Locking the car would make it necessary to for the theives to smash the windows to determine that fact.  Don't know if he was BS-ing me, but I didn't have anything stolen that week.  Operative point was that there was nothing to steal, and no reason to inflict damage to establish that fact.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 17:23 | 2470143 Umh
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If you drive a convertible you should never lock the doors. The new top will cost more than what you left in the car.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:47 | 2469221 navy62802
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Oh no. Running low on alcohol spells the end to this story. Not good.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:48 | 2469225 Hulk
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Thread hijack. Turd interviews Jim Willie again, a must listen

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 11:25 | 2469304 DoChenRollingBearing
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+ 1  

Thanks, Hulk!

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 12:07 | 2469407 Hulk
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I used to think Willie was a nut. No longer...

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 10:55 | 2469240 Sandmann
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The only way Dixons could "sell" stock would be to have it looted !  Their formner boss just got $36 million to take over Apple's Retail operations. Dixons is a dog and looting is its best hope

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 11:01 | 2469262 Elwood P Suggins
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Alchohol Inventories Plunge?  Just because sales of expensive imported brands are down certainly is no indicator that there was any plunge in inventories.  Just more ZH codswallop trying to make a disaster out of absolutely nothing.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 11:57 | 2469378 Non Passaran
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Yeah, but

a) stocks of imported brands aren't down because they're "expensive" but because there's a risk of default and looting

b) any domestic morons who are not doing the same are .. morons.  

In all likelihood alcohol investories are pluging.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 11:02 | 2469264 Heroic Couplet
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Makes sense. I read the other day Greeks are buying food directly from farmers, cutting out all the middle men, including banks.

So is Dixon et al. traded on any stock exchange? LOL

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 11:15 | 2469278 max2205
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Drone sales are up in Greece. Bullish

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 11:18 | 2469285 Master Pimp
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Mon, 05/28/2012 - 11:21 | 2469293 Tyler Durden
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Next time actually read the article.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 11:44 | 2469345 Temporalist
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Tyler please forgive this person as Greece is also out of coffee:

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 11:49 | 2469357 Master Pimp
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Sorry man, but you are telling us utter bullshit! You know nothing about Greece!

For your information, you Americans live in a virtual reality world.

Nevertheless, I respect Zerohedge, it an exception

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 11:55 | 2469370 Non Passaran
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It seems certain medicines are also out of stock!

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 11:41 | 2469335 Master Pimp
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Tyler I really appreciate your work but......

You really miss major elements  about  the political conditions here.

The troika are once again  bribing media companies (which are ALL corrupt and bankupt) which are presenting fake polls in order to manipulate the masses.

All major newspapers and Tv channels are doomed after the election.

This time, nothing special is gonna happen in 1 month !

The Germans will recapitulate with Tsipras and Kammenos coalition,  because they know that we could have a 2008 meltdown again.We are just like Cuba in the sixties!It is a Mutual Assured Destruction

We only have 0,1 % primary deficit  and they want to keep Greece in the Euro, because Germans want to remain Med countries pimps

The have enormous interests here (Oil &Gas, Gold, Platinum,Uranium, Greek key geostrategic position)

Gree ce can only negotiate successfully, if we kick ND and Pasok asses: they are plain traitors and should be all hanged -they are the ABSOLUTE political cancer.

By the way, Syriza is not the extremist leftist monster new order propaganda is describing

Enough with the stupid German bluffs and threats! Please don't recycle them.

At the end, ECB will simply proceed with various forms of further stealth Quantitative Easing in order to save the political and banking status quo everywhere! With just 5-15 billion euros real inflows per annum into Greece (which is peanuts), you can  perpetuate the euro in Greece, until we upgrade our domestic  production model.

And you know what? NO hyperinflation will emerge because the Europeans are freaked out and they no longer consume, like they used to

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 15:51 | 2469982 Ghordius
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I mostly agree on the outlines and some details, but:

- The Troika is NOT bribing Murdoch's media (in fact, they don't need to bribe the media) and the polls are genuine on the Greek and the German side. I presume you are talking about Greek media.

- yes, the primary deficit is "harsh" and it's a fine achievement - but you know it's origin in the bargains (pimps? ehm...)

- The geostrategic position is relevant for Uncle Sam, you know, the guy that winked GS to "help" to get Greece in those clubs and tried under Bush II to get Turkey into them, too.

- the "I'm too big to fail" stance is good, but please keep it in mind that currently it works only for megabanks

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 16:14 | 2470030 Master Pimp
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-I do not refer to foreign media: The most outrageous case is the Greek newspapers and tv channels (zombie businesses controlled by the parasitic Greek barons who live off the Greek state from overpriced state construction projects ordering fake election polls):

What is more, even minor /major Greek web sites blogs that used to be anti-government have lately become cheerleaders of the fascist regime PASOK / ND, because the collapsing system subsidizes all media losers, in order to save its ass.

-"I'm too big to fail" stance is perfectly reasonable in the case of Greece and the rest of the Med club! We can leave a black hole that can bring about a  2008 like  crisis x 10.

Finally, the geostrategic position of Greece is even more precious for Russia for instance. Up to now, Russia has not supported Greece because they did not  wanted to save the fascist PASOK / ND regime. But now with Syriza and Kammens (Independent Greeks Party), Russians will finally take a positive stance towards  Greece

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 13:32 | 2472462 nicxios
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"The most outrageous case is the Greek newspapers and tv channels (zombie businesses controlled by the parasitic Greek barons who live off the Greek state from overpriced state construction projects ordering fake election polls):"

These same polls got the first election all wrong; here's to hoping they do it again!

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 11:58 | 2469379 Snakeeyes
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This summer in the US willl be similar. Riots, murders, assaults while the liberal elites stay cool in their air conditioned castles. Or go to the Hamptons on Long Island, don't you know!

In Chicago, there are murders every week, so I doubt if it will even show  up in the news.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 16:52 | 2470096 The Alarmist
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Given all the flash-mobs in places like Philly and Chi-Town, one has to ask if anyone will even notice this summer's riots as being anything out of the ordinary. My money is on the MSM giving us more stories about joyful homecomings of the troops, blind puppies being adopted and ... oh yeah, a murder or two and some robberies the night before in that part of town that looks like a homeland in another place and time.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 12:49 | 2469538 headless blogger
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This is really depressing.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 13:38 | 2469663 TrainWreck1
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Where do you think Congress stashes their retirement funds?


* In Memorium: Ted Kennedy - 2 and a half years sober and counting *

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 17:27 | 2470153 Umh
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How many years was that 30 months spread out over?

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 14:04 | 2469728 TahoeBilly2012
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Smirnoff vodka is to be avoided at all costs. You will be grabbing your liver like a football if you dare drink enough of this rot gut.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 16:54 | 2470100 The Alarmist
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I had a Russian friend who literally threw a glass of Smirnoff at the bartender who dared to serve it to her.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 15:41 | 2469969 Me_Myself_and_I
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No beer and no TV make Homer go crazy.

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 15:52 | 2469991 Joe The Plumber
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Preppers dont look so stupid after all.

Its a good idea to stock up on a years supply of food and other supplies medicines disposable products etc.

They gonna be in short supply for a while

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 18:53 | 2470277 cooperbry
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These stories are so funny, as thougth the Greeks haven't already reverted to underground currencies and trade.  It's over Johnny.  People on the streets are bartering with anything except Euro's.  Anyone that may have any Euro's left in banks are taking them out now and trading them for whatever the locals will accept for barter.  It's over Johnny, it's over...

Mon, 05/28/2012 - 19:42 | 2470367 ptolemy_newit
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The Imminent Failure Of The Eurozone  

Fri, 09/02/2011 - 21:13


Mr Abdullah Gui please help history move along and bail out Greece:  Just buy the military!

Tue, 05/29/2012 - 00:20 | 2470802 xcehn
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"...the smart money is betting Greece will leave the Euro by New Years Day 2013, with all the damage that will bring."

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