Irish Independent Bank

Image used under a Collective Commons License from https://www.geograph.ie/photo/2503706Outside a small, independent bank in Kerry in Ireland, a crowd was gathering, all of them customers of the bank who were anxious about their finances.

It was the time of the great depression and the world’s economies were in a state of shambles, with the value of their investments spiralling downwards daily.

“Tell us the facts”, shouted Jim Hanagan. “Remember, I was one of the first people to deposit money with you!”

“Indeed you were”, said bank manager John Kennedy, who had come out from the bank to try and pacify the crowd.

“And because of that”, the banker continued, “you are what we call a preferential creditor”.

“A preferential creditor!”, shouted Jim Hanagan, louder than before. “What does that mean exactly?”

“Well”, said John Kennedy, “It means that you will be the first to know there’s nothing to come!”


Image used under a Collective Commons License from https://www.geograph.ie/photo/2503706

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