THESSALONIKI – A prosecutor in Greece’s second-largest city ordered a probe after a 70-year-old pensioner in a long line of people waiting to pay a new tax collapsed and later died.
The unidentified man went to a National Bank branch in the Toumba neighborhood at 11 a.m. on Sept. 30 to pay the first installment of his single property tax (ENFIA) on the last day a first installment was due.
He had been waiting for around 90 minutes when he collapsed as Greeks queued to pay the new tax that has drawn outrage because it was based on flawed data that resulted in some people receiving 1000 percent increases. He was taken to a local hospital by ambulance but doctors there were unable to revive him.
Authorities said he was the second person in Thessaloniki to collapse while waiting in line at a bank to pay taxes. The second person recovered after receiving hospital treatment.
There have been long lines at banks and post offices this week as Greeks sought to pay the first tranche of ENFIA, which has been beset by a series of problems and delays.