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Greeks strip country for scrap cash (02/11/2013)

"Greece has been hit by an unprecedented wave of metal thefts as its recession-hit people turn to crime.

Train lines, bridges, cables and even cemeteries have all been targeted for scrap to feed a market driven by China and India.

Police now arrest an average of four metal thieves every day, compared to a few cases every month before the crisis started in late 2009. The profile of the metal thief is also changing, authorities say, from gypsies and immigrants living on the margins of society to mainstream Greeks who have fallen on hard times.

As European countries dip in and out of recession, global demand for metals has remained high due to the industrial rise of emerging powers, making stolen cables and metal used in infrastructure a growth market worldwide. Some 3,635 people have been arrested in Greece for metal theft between the start of 2010 and August 2012, according to the public order ministry. The robberies are becoming both more frequent and more brazen, a sign of the desperate times.

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And the MSM blame it on austerity.

This proves austerity doesn't work...so let's all listen to that Krugman fellow.

ugh

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Ugh. Indeed.

Ugh. Indeed.

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How DO you sell scrap metal anyway?

Just curious...how much aluminum would you need to sell it?

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Man, I have no idea...

Man, I have no idea...

But if you ask me, that rather sucks BIG TIME to even be at a point of having to carry out such schemes.

Even cemeteries...

Seriously?! W...T... ?!

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Already happening here

MDOT: Thieves rob Metro freeways of light
According to the Michigan Department of Transportation, about 20 percent of the approximately 5,500 lights along freeways in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and St. Clair counties are dark.

The culprits behind the blackouts are an aging infrastructure, copper thieves and a lack of funds for replacements.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130215/OPINION03/302150...

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Damn.

Bump.

Damn. Hadn't heard about that.

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That's nothing

Man Stealing Copper Is Electrocuted
http://youtu.be/dhiRryhsVgQ

Dismantling Detroit
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/19/opinion/dismantling-detroi...

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Yep

When people implode a country this is what happens unfortunately.

Greed plain and simple.

40 years ago the Greek were definitely not as hi-tech but at least they ate and were most likely healthier and undoubtedly more free.

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