Ode on a Grecian burn: bureaucracy-crazy Greece requires enteprenuers to provide chest X-rays and stool samples to open an online store! It’s not that Greece is bankrupt, the amazing thing is that it didn’t go bankrupt long ago. Coming soon to an Obamaland near you?

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PsychoDad February 24, 2012 at 7:16 am

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FTA: Antonopoulos describes the massive difference between the treatment he and his partners received from the Greek authorities and (FDA), whose approval Oliveshop.com needed in order to export its products to the USA.

“I contacted the FDA and they sent us an e-mail with directions immediately. I filled in an online form and was done in five minutes. We received the approval 24 hours after making our application.”
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Dam. Makes you appreciate DC bureaucracy just a little bit more, what?

Joe Redfield February 24, 2012 at 8:01 am

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Not really. If the olive oil store were American they would have has to deal with dozens of more agencies before they could have sold their first bottle.

sa_rose February 24, 2012 at 9:28 pm

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Nice to know the FDA was so vigilant in insepcting these products for safety before making them available to the US population!

poppajoe49 February 25, 2012 at 7:14 am

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I’m guessing the stool samples were for the private collection of a Greek bureaucrat!

Ruben February 24, 2012 at 7:39 am

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Stool samples? No wonder the Greek economy is pooped!

Bonfire of the Absurdities February 24, 2012 at 12:19 pm

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Greek bureaucrats have stool for brains.

KimmyQueen February 24, 2012 at 8:40 am

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TAXATION = OPPRESSION

Notsosilent February 24, 2012 at 9:40 am

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Stool Sample? Oh that’s rich…. The Greek Goobermint wants to peek at your pooper to make sure it’s okay to run and “online” business? No wonder they are in such a Crappy state of affairs. Could you imagine being the guy who takes in the samples? “sir I need you to poop in a cup before we can give you a business license”…”hi I am John and I will be your stool sampler today”…”nothing in there I should be worried about is there?” Liber pooper peekers…coming soon to an American city near you..Most likely in Kalifornia where the goobermint wants to run every aspect of your life.

GhostntheMachine February 24, 2012 at 6:38 pm

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♪ ♫ It was a one-eyed one-horned flying purple pooper peeker ♫ ♪

Huh, say it fast three times? I had trouble typing it once!

Notsosilent February 24, 2012 at 8:58 pm

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Damn, again I have to clean my screen…Best laugh of the day!

sa_rose February 24, 2012 at 9:29 pm

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Why X-rays and stool amples? Is that their equivalent of a health card?