– Ignoring Tsipras Plea For Calm, Greeks Storm ATMs, Stores, Gas Stations (ZeroHedge, June 28, 2015):
Just a few hours ago Greek PM Tsipras addressed his nation imploring then to “remain calm” and reassuring them that their “deposits were safe.” It appears the Greeks did not believe him. Many were wondering where the Greek bank lines were for the past several months. Turns out the local depositors were merely waiting until just after the last minute to withdraw their funds… horde gas… and stack food. Greece, it appears is Venezuela – the new socialist paradise.
Tsipras implored: “Keep Calm….”
They did not listen…
Call that an ATM line…
Now THIS is an ATM line…
— Loukia Gyftopoulou (@loukia_g) June 28, 2015
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— Kosmas Themelis (@kosmasthem) June 28, 2015
— Poseidon (@Kons_u) June 28, 2015
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— Omaira Gill (@OmairaGill) June 28, 2015
— New Europe Investor (@neweuropeinvest) June 28, 2015
Even at the airports…
Resending this as there is at least one other ATM with cash at athens airport out of shot. I’ve joined the line. pic.twitter.com/EuoIcj9afb
— Elliott Gotkine (@ElliottGotkine) June 28, 2015
And gas stations are overwhelmed…
— John Hooper (@john_hooper) June 27, 2015
We have seen this before – in Russia recently as the Ruble collapsed and citizens spent any and every piece of currency they had on ‘assets’.
Simply put – it’s all about inflation expectations. And unlike The Fed or The BoJ, who keep trying to jawbone higher expectations into their citizens’ minds, the Greek government may have achieved it implicitly through devaluation expectations and with it – a spending spree before things get more expensive and implicitly a surge in GDP. Of course, however, the spending surge can only be short-term and will stop as soon as there are no more euros to spend.
Europe – The Final Countdown