You don’t have to live in Cyprus to find you bank account stripped by government agents. Just ask Queensland pensioner Adrian Duffy, who emerged from a quintuple heart bypass only to find his bank had emptied his account, handing more than $22,000 to the Federal Government—the result of a move last year to strip every bank account in the country the government deems is being under-used. The money was only returned when a newspaper took up their cause.
Governments all around the world are short of money, and they’ll do almost anything to get it.
Stealing from folk on their sickbed—and you’re not at all well when you're having a quintuple heart bypass—is a measure of how desperately they’ll grab it.
[Hat tip Michael D.]