Shame and debt
Apparently Spain has very lax debt laws, meaning that it can be difficult for lenders to recover outstanding debts by taking deadbeat borrowers to court. Thus, collection companies that specialize in shaming borrowers into meeting their obligations have proliferated.
In one case, a collection agency threatened to send three costumed bullfighters door-to-door to ask neighbors to help pay off the mortgage of a borrower who had fallen behind on their payments. In other cases, they send out collectors dressed as clowns, monks, chickens, or even Buddha to follow debtors around and shame them into paying off their debts.
While these tactics have been highly successful, the Spanish government has introduced legislation to protect citizens against debt collection practices “that attack their dignity or invade their privacy.”
What do you think?
Should these sorts of things be allowed? Or do they cross the line?