Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Unhappy man puts Belgium on eBay

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Fed up with a three-month political standoff, a Belgian teacher, Gerrit Six, posted an ad on the eBay: "For Sale: Belgium, a Kingdom in three parts ... free premium: the king and his court [costs not included]."
Six placed the advertisement on Saturday, offering free delivery, but pointing out that the country was coming secondhand and that potential buyers would have to take on more than $300 billion in national debt.

"My proposal was to make it clear that Belgium was valuable, it's a masterpiece and we have to keep it," he told Associated Press Television News. "It's my country and I'm taking care of it, and with me are millions of Belgians."

Peter Burin, public relations manager of eBay Belgium said : "It was a really fun listing made by a Belgian. This person, in a very funny way, reminded the Belgians what a great country Belgium actually is and it would be a shame to sell it."

However, the company decided to pull the ad Tuesday after receiving a bid of $14 million. [Quoted from INQUIRER]

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