Opening A Business In Greece Apparently Requires A Stool Sample

No, that’s not a joke.

Antonopoulos and his partners spent hours collecting papers from tax offices, the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the municipal service where the company is based, the health inspector’s office, the fire department and banks. At the health department, they were told that all the shareholders of the company would have to provide chest X-rays, and, in the most surreal demand of all, stool samples.

Once they climbed the crazy mountain of Greek bureaucracy and reached the summit, they faced the quagmire of the bank, where the issue of how to confirm the credit card details of customers ended in the bank demanding that the entire website be in Greek only, including the names of the products.

“They completely ignored us, however much we explained that our products are aimed at foreign markets and everything has to be written in English as well,” said Antonopoulos.

Eventually, Antonopoulos and his associates decided to use foreign banking systems like PayPal, and cut the Greek bank, with which they had been negotiating for three months, from the middle. “It’s their loss, not ours. We eventually solved the problem in just one day,” explained Antonopoulos.

I wonder if it takes that much work to apply for welfare benefits or other entitlements. I’m guessing it doesn’t.

And we wonder why the country’s economy has collapsed. The producers get the rigmarole while the looters have it easy. America, by comparison, has it easy though we are trending ever further towards that sort of bureaucratic excess. We should take a lesson.

The more obstacles between citizens/business and commerce, the less prosperous a society will be.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Onslaught1066


    As of today nothing changed since the ancient times.

    Ellinas, noted Greek historian and pederast.

    • two_amber_lamps


      (Ellinasty “reinvents” history, he’s no historian…)


      Hey Nasty, back to Greece with you… we found a job you’d be good at! Though as you can see, he’s too good… entirely too meticulous at getting just the right specimen….

  • Bat One

    Let’s see here.  Discourage initiative, industry, and self-sufficiency while encouraging indolence, sloth, and dependency.  Yep, Obama, Pelosi, Reid and the Democrats have the US headed down the very same path that has taken Greece to the brink of insolvency.

  • Neiman

    Stool samples? Well their socialist economy is in the toilet, so maybe they were confused by the crappy outlook for the future and I don’t blame the company for developing a shitty attitude over the whole thing.

    • Bat One

      Gotta wonder what sort of sh*t-for-brains, liberal a$$wipe came up with this crap.

      • Neiman

         Well they say when you spend your life with your head firmly shoved up your rectal sphincter all the time, it can give you a pretty shitty attitude about life.

        • Bat One

          Neiman,  I was going to take you to task for the term “rectal sphincter” which is redundant given that each of us has only one sphincter.  But then I reminded myself that it’s Democrats we’re talking about, and when one considers the regularity with which all that sh*t that spews from their mouths…

          • tony_o2

            The human body actually has over 50 sphincters.  Just a FYI…

          • Bat One

            Thank you!  I didn’t know that.

            ‘Course that doesn’t make liberals any less a$$holes, does it?

          • JustRuss

            actually moreso?

      • $8194357

        The “focus group steering commitee”, Bat..

  • suitepotato

    A physical is required from some things in this world, and a stool sample often goes with a complete physical. Perhaps they are worried about the longevity of the business principals. Exactly why is what happens in Greece, a nation having nothing in common with the American government and political scene, so damn important? Obviously, it isn’t. Care to get back to something relevant, or are you going to trot out more things from other places that don’t have any applicability to what is going in in the USA?

    • 2hotel9

      Really, stupidpotato? Here is a hint, just go f*ck yourself and quit crying about what is posted on this blog.

    • tony_o2

      Since when is it a legitimate role of government to decide who is allowed to conduct private business, based on the medical status of shareholders?

    • Bat One

      Exactly why is what happens in Greece, a nation having nothing in common with the American government and political scene, so damn important? Obviously, it isn’t. 

      You couldn’t be more wrong if your name was Hannitized!  What is happening in Greece is terribly relevant to what is going on here in the US.  Nearly 6 out of 10 Greek adults are employed by the government, and each year that government has had to borrow more and more to meet its payment obligations.  Those obligations are already well beyond the government’s ability to pay.  Next month Greece must borrow approximately $170 billion, just to make the interest payment on what it already owes.  And that assumes that those from whom it has been borrowing to make all its entitlement payments agreed to write down the debt that is owed them by roughly 60%.  Sound familiar?  It ought to, because this country is headed down that very same road, as spending continues to increase much faster than the government’s revenue.  And as interest rates start to move higher, despite the best efforts of the Fed, the amount our government has to pay to roll over its current debt and finance Obama’s new trillion dollar deficits only increases.

      Here”s a little fact for you to consider:  In the US, the per capita debt is higher than it is in Greece.

  • bikebubba

    I can imagine Christos, government stool collector, out on a date:

    Anastasia:  “So what do you do for a living?”

    Christos:  “I collect s*** from prospective business owners, analyze it, and store it in liquid nitrogen.”

    Anastasia:  “Check, please.”

    Sorry, suitepotato, government shouldn’t be requiring a full body cavity exam a la “Wayne’s World” in order to start a business.  Not here, not in Greece, not anywhere.  And it’s quite frankly hilarious.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    How come we haven’t heard from our resident spastic colon, Hannitized, on this subject? Isn’t it his “dootie” to stick his nose into it? I suppose he is farting around somewhere.

  • 2hotel9

    Wow, and people can not understand why Greece is in a death spiral. Too f*cking funny.

    • two_amber_lamps

       LET THEM FAIL….

  • Dakotacyr

    And look how fast the federal government responded to get this up and running. And the Obama administration hates business. Apparently you missed that part of the story.

    • tony_o2

      America, by comparison, has it easy though we are trending ever further towards that sort of bureaucratic excess. We should take a lesson.

      And apparently you missed this part of Rob’s commentary.

  • Hal854

    This is what Obama wants to do for your health care.

  • Sharon
    • 2hotel9

       Oh, lookee, another spambot selling sh*t people don’t want.

  • Alan

    Wow, some of you seem to think that America is the only country on the planet. This has nothing to do with America, Obama or Liberals. This is a cultural issue. An education issue. A behavior issue. Spend some time in countries like Greece, Italy or Spain and maybe you’ll learn something about people from other parts of the world.

    • 2hotel9

       Really? What, in Greek culture, justifies requiring a stool sample to open a business? Enlighten us, leftard.