can we make this the standard greeting for Sepp everywhere
Ouch. Apparently the most internationally recognizable symbol of greed is a stack of American money.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.
In the GIF it looks for a moment as though he’s wincing in terror. He knows he’s a shit and probably expects to come to a violent end.
Are you sure those are fake? If so, they look real enough to bring forgery charges.
I think it was a ~$80-100 stunt.
Why no link to the source story?
They do appear to be genuine US singles.
EDIT: American != US
The Money Shot
That image is going to have a lot more staying power than, say, a pile of glitter or a face full of pie filling. Good job on the prankster thar.
If it’s any conciliation, the fact that you have relatively cheap notes probably helped, euros and pounds don’t have notes below €5/£5.
Well done that man for giving us the image of blatter we needed.
Indeed. That still shot (I’m assuming it was originally a still) by the Reuters photographer was perfect. It’s going to look great in someone’s portfolio.
Could be called “Blatters Leaves”.
I like his look of disgust when he realises that they are only singles.
Yeah, he’s never seen bills with a denomination that small. He’s appalled.
Between the fact that soccer fans are…notoriously enthusiastic; the fact that he is embroiled in financial malfeasance so serious that Switzerland has been cooperating without any visible arm-twisting by the US; and the fact that some of the people who are willing to allocate large quantities of unclean money also favor extralegal methods of dispute resolution; he might have reason to be concerned.
That said, people who have had much better reasons to end their career in multiple pieces have been entirely successful in living to a ripe old age, dying of natural causes, and being given the funeral of a hero and statesman; so he may well make it out. Probably not without some stress, though.
I wonder if the choice was purely pragmatic(small notes), symbolic(the ‘briefcase full of hundreds’ has been the “this money is big and traveling incognito because its purposes would not withstand the light of day” go-to since well before the euro zone existed), or a reference to the fact that it was the US feds who suddenly showed a downright Unamerican level of interest in soccer and kicked off the operation by doing a thorough cull of basically any FIFA agent whose transactions touched the US financial system?
You might be surprised by how close prop money can come without getting the Secret Service involved:
I imagine they used US dollars because the $1 looks like a $100 from a distance in a way that European money does not.