German car rental firm makes fun of Greek plight

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A German car rental firm took a tongue-in-cheek approach to the Greek debt crisis by suggesting in an ad released Thursday that Greek customers could now pay for its cars in drachmas.

The drachma was the Greek national currency prior to introduction of the euro in 2002.

"Dear Greeks, we now once again accept drachmas," the ad published in three national German newsapers and on the Sixt company Internet news portal said.

This is a one-day campaign that will only be carried out in newspapers, a spokesman for Sixt told AFP.

Debt-crushed Greece faces possible bankruptcy if fellow Europeans fail to deliver a second, large-scale aid package. Bankruptcy could lead to Greece abandoning the euro to return to its former national currency.

Sixt has previously been involved in other shock publicity.

Last year it suggested that customers "do like Mrs Bruni (wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy) and opt for a small French model".

© 2011 AFP

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