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| Tue Sep 08 09:23:37|
Why only Austrians?
Did you get your $1,200 stimulus check? So did this Austrian retiree, who hasn’t lived here since the 1960s.
Associated Press |
Sep 08, 2020
BERLIN — A retiree in Austria says he received a U.S. government coronavirus relief check for $1,200, despite not having lived in America for over half a century.
The check, with President Donald Trump’s name on it, is part of a massive federal stimulus program. But the money also has been sent to people who aren’t eligible — including deceased U.S. taxpayers.
According to the U.S. government, more than 30% of the $1.6 billion in payments mistakenly issued to dead people has not been recovered.
Austrian public broadcaster ORF reports the 73-year-old man from Linz, who worked as a waiter in the United States for two years in the 1960s, was able to cash the check.
His wife, who never worked or lived in the United States, got one too.
ORF reports banks in Austria confirm they’ve cashed dozens of checks for residents of the Alpine country. It’s unclear how many were entitled to the money.
| Tue Sep 08 10:08:48|
The story that a retiree from Linz shares is also exciting ORF Upper Austria Narrates: He suspects that the payment was related to his job in the United States in the 1960s. According to his own account, the 73-year-old traveled to America after graduating from high school and then worked there as a waiter for two years before coming back to Austria. But the pensioner’s wife also received the 1,200 dollars – even though she was never in the USA.
Among the 45 Sparkasse and 63 Raiffeisen customers who have already cashed their checks, there are also those without any US connection. Around 20 people also brought their checks to the regional Oberbank, as a spokeswoman for the KURIER confirmed. In total, more than 150,000 dollars were paid out to Austrian citizens.
Apparently a mistake
Paul Kaiser of the Raiffeisenlandesbank told ORF: “The Americans have already confirmed this mishap.” It is unlikely that the US authorities will demand the money back , the effort would be too great.
| Tue Sep 08 10:16:39|
” According to the U.S. government, more than 30% of the $1.6 billion in payments mistakenly issued to dead people has not been recovered.”
” His wife, who never worked or lived in the United States, got one too. ”
Haha. Can’t Trump send a check to me also? I dated an American girl from Miami many years ago.
| Tue Sep 08 12:31:40|
Trump is giving in another way...
Trump Emerges as Inspiration for Germany’s Far Right
Among German conspiracy theorists, ultranationalists and neo-Nazis, the American president is surfacing as a rallying cry, or even as a potential “liberator.”
[i didn't read rest of article, behind paywall :p]
| Tue Sep 08 13:08:55|
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