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Bingo decides the order of municipal staff payments in Argentine town

Tuesday, July 24th 2012 - 21:06 UTC
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So far 23 out of 92 staff from the tourism town of Bialet Masse has been paid So far 23 out of 92 staff from the tourism town of Bialet Masse has been paid

A bingo is determining which civil servants in a small Argentine town will receive their pay, due to insufficient funds, its mayor announced on Monday.

“We will draw lots to decide the (order) of payment”, said mayor of Bialet Masse, Gustavo Pueyo, in a broadcast from Buenos Aires private radio station Radio Mitre.

Pueyo said the bingo was approved by national mayoral authorities and the first draw took place on Friday, with 23 of the town's 92 employees receiving their pay. A second raffle is slated for this week.

Home to 5.000 inhabitants, Bialet Masse is a tourist destination in the central province of Cordoba, 750km north-west of Buenos Aires.

The situation in Bialet Masse is not uncommon to many small town halls throughout Argentina because of lesser revenue and the delay from the federal government in sending the so-called co-participation funds, which Buenos Aires distributes on its own whim.

The Economy secretariat from Alba Caballero County said that according to what the town hall collects from rates and services, “we will hold a second bingo for the staff that still are waiting to be paid”.

Ms Caballero said that municipal rates and services are the last to be paid by contributors, “since people are well aware we will never cut them”.

Finally the official revealed that the original idea was for the lowest salaries to be met first, but the staff following an assembly decided “on the bingo system; it wasn’t us”.

 

Categories: Politics, Argentina.

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  • briton

    now where have we heard this ,mmmmm

    ahh,
    Sun Bingo , Sun Bingo, Sun Bingooooo.

    Jul 24th, 2012 - 09:18 pm 0
  • slattzzz

    Are you shitting me, bingo to see if you get paid or not? You couldn't make this shit up, so if you don't win you get fook all for working

    Jul 24th, 2012 - 09:19 pm 0
  • briton

    we wonder if it includes all 4 corners,
    A line,
    and a full house .
    .

    Jul 24th, 2012 - 09:38 pm 0
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