30 June 2006

TGIS: Thank God It's Schadenfreude! (70)

This week's joy in the misery of others comes courtesy of Reuters (from Thursday, June 29; link good at time of posting):
Argentine tax officials hit a tax cheat where it hurts most on Wednesday, confiscating the man's plasma TV two days before Argentina plays Germany in the World Cup quarterfinals.

It was the latest move in a "shock" campaign by Santiago Montoya, the top tax man in Buenos Aires province, the country's biggest, to curb rampant tax evasion in Argentina.

Tax officials carted off the new big-screen television from a man who owes some 6,100 pesos ($2,000) in back taxes.

"We've taken the plasma as a guarantee against the debt he owes," said Juan Manuel Prada, a provincial tax official.

[Previous TGIS]

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