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Lithuanian Debt Collector Turns to Witchcraft


Much of the world is under the pressure of a credit crunch, including the little Baltic nation of Lithuania. Vilija Lobaciuviene is a well-known Lithuanian witch, and your opinion of her may depend on whether or not you have debt in collections. She has been hired by a debt collection firm to track down debt offenders.

The firm's director explains the decision to add Vilija to payroll: "Our new employee will help them to understand the situation, reconsider what is right and wrong and act accordingly. We will also help those who are in real trouble, suffering from psychological impact of bankruptcy and depression."

As you might imagine, hiring a witch on staff at a debt collection firm has its share of supporters and dissenters. Columnist Monika Bonckute commented, "This is return to the Dark Ages. If they really believe that this woman may help someone get money back, then there's something very wrong with this country." What do you make of this news?

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