Greece defaulted last night as it failed to make its €1.6 billion ($US1.8 billion) payment to the International Monetary Fund — and Greeks are panicking.
Immediately following Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ shock referendum announcement at the weekend, the government shut the country’s banks and restricted ATM withdrawals until July 6, to stop Greeks bleeding the banks dry. However, it also led to locals stockpiling food and fuel, leaving many supermarkets empty and petrol stations without a drop of gas available.
Several days later — and the situation has not changed.
— Nick Logothetis (@nml777) June 30, 2015
Some Greek supermarkets are apparently trying to help employees too by paying them in cash so they don’t lose their staff while they queue for money at the ATMs.
Supermarket in # Greece didn’t appreciate concept of its 500 employees to stand in line for withdrawing €60/day. It paid all the 500 in cash
— Anthony Samaha (@anthonysamaha) July 1, 2015
Meanwhile, the Greek Embassy has been sending out emails reassuring people it’s safe for tourists to visit despite the current bailout crisis.
Yorgos Dardavillas, the press officer at the Greek Embassy in London, said in an email yesterday: “The tourists who are already here and those who are planning to come, will not be affected in any way by the events and will continue to enjoy their holiday in Greece with absolutely no problem.”
And it seems tourists are doing just that.
— whymemate (@whymemate) June 30, 2015
While tourists are not subject to the same €60 (£42.30, $US66.40) withdrawal limit a day from banks, travel firms have allegedly warned travellers that if your money gets stolen while on holiday — you may not be covered.
And now, some would-be Greece tourists are panicking.
— greta. (@greta30499) July 1, 2015
While others are ignoring concerns.
Just booked a holiday to Greece for Thursday
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