A whole island pretending to be blind to get benefits, 8,500 pensioners who faked being aged over 100 and lawyers who claim to earn just €12,000: New book reveals how Greeks cheated THEMSELVES into ruin

It was the rumours of an ‘island of the blind’ which first bought Angelos, a journalist, to Greece in 2011.

He had heard that on Zakynthos, something like two per cent of the population were registered blind.

All was not quite how it seemed, however, and it transpired that 61 of the 680 ‘blind’ residents were quite happily driving around the island.

In fact, an astonishing 498 of those 680 were not blind at all – or even partially sighted.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Ain’t that something!
    The Greeks, and most countries really, never figured out that if you always try to stick it to the earners, and the productive, you eventually wind up with a country of tax cheats and welfare scammers.

    The Greek disaster is entirely a product of Greek culture and the Greek people’s unique combination of laziness and greed, fueled by fantasies of a socialist utopia, paid for by somebody else.
    They will not starve, but they could stand a while without any electricity and going back to the technological late-19th century, until they get their heads straight.
    It will be a lesson that they should have learned a very long time ago.

    Next up to economically collapse will be Itally, Portugal, Ireland, and Spain, and maybe France, and I think in that order too.

    • canminuteman

      I guess culture has consequences.

  • FactsWillOut

    The EU lured Greece with Euros and loans like a pusher lures a kid saying “first hit’s for free.”
    The blame here is on the pusher, idiots.

    • barryjr

      Spoken like a true parasite. If the Greeks were more responsible and paid their bills they wouldn’t be in this situation. When you have a whole culture based on lying and cheating of course you’re going to blame others for your own mess. Your analogy is correct in one way like a druggie Greece blames everyone else for the mess they made.

      • FactsWillOut

        They were fine untill the EU cam along. Seems you know nothing of the dynamics of addiction.
        Also, there is a culture that only knows lying and cheating, but it ain’t the Greek people.

        • barryjr

          I know something of the dynamics of addiction and yes addicts do blame everyone for their problem. The Greeks were messed up ever since WWII and never will cure themselves. Here’s a couple of really novel ideas; pay your bills and accept responsibility for your actions.

    • canminuteman

      And anyone who was stupid enough to lend them money deserves to lose it.

  • Gary

    The dirty little secret about Trudeau back in the 1970’s is that he did squat about the male Greek immigrants that lied about fighting in WW2 for the West in the Resistance groups to collect a Military benefit pensions.
    I lived near the Pape and Danforth and where the cafe`s had young healthy Greek men that didn’t work , but did VOTE.

    The Government employees had to have been in on this scam as they now are for the 300,000 illegals that Wynne and Joe Mehevic promised FREE health Care and dental care along with Welfare to .
    Several of the Greeks that scammed taxpayers in the 70’s weren’t even born before 1940 while others were born are 1945 . These types of scams to buy votes has been the norm which became a ponzie scheme by 1980 and that was how our Nation debt went from $3,000,000,000.00 in the late 1960’s to the current $620,000,000,000.00 while Ontario’s debt alone is racing to $300,000,000,000.00 with no plans to get that spending monkey off wynne’s back .

    As for you Liberal fans, YES every party is guilty . Greedy pigs at the public trough come in all colours and Political stripes as we see for Olivia Chow , Jack Layton, Trudeau, Chretien, and Dizzy Lizzy May .

    • canminuteman

      I remember that issue.

  • BillyHW

    Watching the Greek socialists finally run out of other people’s money makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

  • marty_p
  • Maurixio Garcia Sanchez

    Its time for the EU to kick them out,before the entire Europe continent collapse.