la Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore

Meeting two crooks in Rome:
Berlusconi's trickle down corruption

Nipawin - Tuesday, October 29, 2002 - by: Mario deSantis



Our legal and financial globalization system needs changes to allow as many countries to enjoy their democratic growth with the consequential growth of their economies. An economic system which allows people with money to make more money is not conducive to peace as this system creates economic and social divisions.




Our economic system is already flawed yet we have President George Bush who is legitimizing an economic system for the few and privileged and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi who is decriminalizing his own false accounting and getting away with his bribing of judges. So, as we have Bush's trickle down economy on behalf of the few and privileged so we have Berlusconi's trickle down corruption on behalf of crooks.




We don't have to take such bullying behaviour by these elitist crooks and it is time we denounce their wrongdoing. I took a trip to Italy recently, and my wonderful trip was all at once shaken up when I found out that two crooks stole a few Euro as I exchanged my dollars for Euro. In the afternoon of this October 3, after visiting la Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore with my wife Sharon, I needed some local money and I decided to exchange $200 for Euro when I came across a money exchange outlet with a poster advertising their NO COMMISSION practices.

I had previously exchanged money at Via della Conciliazione (Piazza San Pietro) and I was not charged any commission and therefore I didn't pay close attention to the transaction which was taking place. As I received my Euro money in exchange for dollars I was disappointed to find out that I didn't receive what I expected and I asked the two crooks if there was any commission on this transaction. They answered that there was a 6.9% commission and I countered how there would be a commission if you advertise NO COMMISSION.

I left the exchange outlet in a bad mood and such bad mood was beginning to spoil my day. I had a look at the receipt I got and I found that the receipt had no legible business name. Also, the receipt was nothing else but a piece of paper reflecting ad hoc computations through a calculator with a business stamp. I really got mad and I thought how many more tourists these two crooks were going defraud and I was not going to have my day spoiled either.





Therefore, I went back to the money exchange outlet and I asked the two crooks to have my few Euro back. The two crooks said that the transaction was legal and if I wanted to complain I could call the police. Instead of calling the police I took pictures of these two crooks and pictures of their business premises; then along with Sharon I proceeded to have a better time as we went to see Michelangelo's Mose at San Pietro in Vincoli.


Mario deSantis



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