Spain's Costumed Debt Collectors: Final Notice?

In Spain, costumed debt collectors embarrass borrowers into paying back the money they owe. But new proposed legislation could put an end to the tradition of debt collection by humiliation

Diego Sinova / El Mundo

Spain's debt collectors use attention-grabbing attire to publicly embarrass their victims into paying up

On a recent Wednesday afternoon, Montserrat Vila sat in her Barcelona apartment, waiting for the bullfighters to appear. They were not coming to show off some cape work in her living room. In fact, they were not real bullfighters at all. Rather, the three men, dressed like matadors in garish tight pants and embroidered jackets, were coming to collect a debt.

It's safe to say that at the same time elsewhere in Spain, a monk, a Zorro, a clown and a Pink Panther were doing the same thing. (See pictures of Spain's...

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