Macedonians are used to having their vehicles vandalized across Greece, but the beautiful thing is, they never learn and continue to spend their hard earned money across the border.
Serbs don’t fare much better either. A recent “red light offence“, resulted in a 700 euro fine for a Serb tourist, reports Informer.rs. On top of the fine which the Serb tourist paid (he had no other option), Greek police confiscated his license plates and his driving license that were never returned. Calls to the Serbian consulate fell on deaf ears, as it was nothing they could do, reports the Serbian daily.
The Serb tourist was told he would be given his license back in 6 months and was sent across the border.
A Macedonian tourist went through similar incident just past week. Stopped near Kukus (Kilkis) for not wearing a seat belt, the policeman flipped out when the tourist told him he was from Macedonia. Police confiscated his license plates and his driving license and held them at a police station for five hours, before deciding to give him his driving license back, but not the license plates. During the whole ‘process’, the Macedonian tourist had his five year old son with him.
This apparently happens daily, as the Macedonian tourist pointed out, non-Greek vehicles are targeted and police simply extorts money where tickets often cost more than the actual vacation.
I suppose we are fools for visiting Macedonian villages on our vacations, but our cars seem ok and we get to keep our driving licenses.