[Ed. – And in 5 days, it’s raised nearly a thousandth of the amount Greece needs. Who could say no to 3 lousy euros, after all, with an Alexis Tsipras postcard on offer as a gratuity?]
Remember that time it brought you the seeds of democracy? Remember that night you were going to order pizza again but instead you called some friends and ended up having a great time at that new Greek restaurant down the street? And need Greece remind you that those faux ionic columns outside of your dentist’s office were invented by it? Well now, the banks are coming a-knocking, and it would be really cool if you could all chip in, like, €3 each. For Greece. Your buddy.
Or at least that’s the pitch being made by Thom Feeney, a London shoe shop worker who started a campaign to raise €1.6 billion (that’s US $1.78 billion). Feeney’s Indiegogo campaign, started just two days ago, has already raised an astonishing €478,575 (or $533,010) from more than 30,000 people. [€1.566 million as of 2 July. – Ed.]
“All this dithering over Greece is getting boring,” Feeney wrote on his Indiegogo page. “Why don’t we the people just sort it instead?” He added that to come up with the €1.6 billion, every member of Europe would only have to give €3 each (well, technically you’d only need to collect from members of the European Union; that’s not even counting any potentially generous Swiss or Norwegian people.)
Donor perks start at €3+shipping for a postcard of the Greek Prime Minister, Alex Tsipras, or €6+shipping for a “Greek Feta and Olive salad” delivered fresh to your door (dressing on the side in transit, thanks).