Smells Like Depression: Romanians Use Less Soap Since Crisis

It’s official and the Romanian prime minister, Emil Boc, announced it personally on national television, Thursday evening. Romanians have, on average, spent 19% less in 2010 on soap, shampoo and personal hygiene, after incomes were reduced by 25 to 40 percent in the public sector. “This was, unfortunately, normal. As incomes have decreased, everyone cut their personal expenses. This is what every family does”, admitted Emil Boc. 

Boc admitted that 2010 was harsh on Romanians, as the executive made controversial decisions in order to pull the country out of the recession. Cutting down salaries in the public sectors and military pensions are among these measures, that displeased employees and labour unions.

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