Hey Diego! Know where you should avoid?

September 19, 2009

I’m very reluctant to call anyone stupid. What? Yes, I HAVE used that word in 423 blog posts, which just goes to show my restraint.

So here is this story about “soccer legend” Diego Maradona. He checked into a weight-loss clinic in Italy, and finance police promptly seized his earrings to help pay off his back taxes.

Now, what’s odd about that?

Our story says three years ago tax police took two Rolex watches from Maradona when he was in Italy for a benefit match.

In 2005, they seized his payout for participating in a TV dancing show, and in 2001 he was met by 20 police officers as he got off a plane in Rome.

Now, if this happened to me with such regularity, I’d say, “WTF! Give me a map of Europe! I’m gonna figure out which place is Italy, and not go there anymore!”

But instead, this guy seems to pack for every visit saying, “I need to take something nice for the tax man….”

“Oh look, honey, they’re waiting for us at customs! Give me a necklace or something – it’s impolite to not bring them anything!”

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Left:Former Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona at a match in Buenos Aires, in 2006. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

Right: Argentina’s national soccer coach Maradona watches their World Cup 2010 qualifying soccer match against in Asuncion, September 9, 2009. REUTERS/ Stringer

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Finance police? Are they like the IRS, but with guns and people tracking capabilities? And we thought we had issues in the US. I am pretty sure i don’t owe Italy any taxes, but I think I’m going to stay out too.

Posted by Dave | Report as abusive

Somehow ‘stupid’ just isn’t enough for a lot of the people you feature… You need another word. Think about it, was Kanye stupid? Yes but, beyond that, he was a f***ing mega-tard…

Ok, I’ve done my community service for the day. I’m going back to bed.

Maradona and Italy love each other. Period.

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Hmmmm…
Now this thing has me worried. I spent some time in Italy (Napoli) a few years ago. Well, actually it was about 40 years ago. I think I may have forgot to pay about 500 lira in taxes myself. Do you know if they send the tax police to other countries to arrest desperate criminals such as myself? Perhaps I should think about leaving the US and making a bold escape to Titicaca. Maybe I’ll join the navy there. Please advise quickly as I think I hear the finance police outside now.

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500 lira? I hope the finance police have change for a penny….

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Is he trying to look like Eric Estrada???

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