A debt collecting firm based in Vilnius in Lithuania has appointed Vilija Lobaciuviene – a self proclaimed witch – to use her arts and techniques to hunt down those individuals who are failing to pay their credit crunch debts.
“There are certain people, who are using this crisis situation and refuse to pay back banks or other companies,” said Amantas Celkonas, director of the Skolu Isieskojimo Biuras, or debt collecting bureau.
“Our new employee will help them to understand the situation, reconsider what is right and wrong and act accordingly,” he said. “We will also help those who are in real trouble, suffering from psychological impact of bankruptcy and depression.”
Happy to call herself “Lithuania’s leading witch,” Lobaciuviene is famous in the former Soviet republic for her divination abilities and spells. Her techniques include herbal medicines, hypnosis and the manipulation of the bio-energy field.
Associated Press columnist Monika Bonckute is quoted mocking the agency’s appointment, “This is return to the Dark Ages. If they really believe that this woman may help someone get money back, then there’s something very wrong with this country,”