Monday, October 02, 2006

We're from the government...

...of Cuba, and we're here to cheat you:

More than half of all the state-run enterprises inspected in Cuba's capital Havana have cheated their customers, a Cuban communist newspaper has reported.

More than 11,500 businesses were selling their products at higher prices than advertised, or delivering lesser quantities, the Juventud Rebelde said.

....The two-page article in the communist youth newspaper reports what for most people living in Havana will be a familiar story.

Inspectors went to thousands of state-run enterprises and consistently found customers being short-changed

The offences included beer mugs being only partially filled, taxi rides being charged at almost five times the going rate, government price lists being hidden, even shoe repairers charging vastly inflated rates.

....Last November, President Fidel Castro - who is now recuperating from intestinal surgery - warned that corruption had the power to destroy the revolution itself.

He condemned the fact that in some areas half of all the fuel in state petrol stations was being stolen.

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