Unemployed since 2011. No income. Father of three children. What does he do? He starts to sell bagels and donuts on the streets and at the beaches in order to secure a meal for his children. What happens? Police spots him selling the staff for 0.50 cent to one euro, controls his papers and finds out that the man who would be the next Greek millionaire has no license for his suspected high-profit profession. the man is fined with 5,000 euro for his illegal activity.
The man appeals the fine arguing that he is selling the bagels and donuts in order to provide his family with a minimum of subsistence as he is is unemployed since 2011 and his wife lost her job a year later. The man argues further that the family have no other sources of income and that there are 3 children that need to be fed.
He stresses that the fine of 5,000 euro is exhausting and disproportional to his activity and that he has no means to pay it.
The regional administration in Chania, Crete, is not even slightly touched by the story. The appeal is rejected, the fine confirmed.
The man was caught on August 3rd 2016 selling donuts at the beach of Agia Marina near Chania.
PS In a country without safety net and welfare for the vulnerable people of the society, a fine of 5000 to a starving family can boost the authorities image towards the lenders and show that the state is relentless when it comes to combat tax evasion.
We had several such incidents in the last year.