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Debt Limiting Idea

As I have written in the past I have a massive backlog of unfinished ideas, and thanks to a vile chest infection, I am dipping into this odd array of unfinished ideas. This one, I think crosses a few lines (i.e. in poor taste), but it does have a point to it.

I was trying to think of how banks might slow down the tsunami of debt that seems to be accumulating with all of these cheap interest rates that we currently have in Canada. I have come up with a brilliant idea that will never (ever) be implemented (because banks make money if you are in debt, so this fantastic idea is counter to their profit line).

– Where brilliant could be translated to sarcastic as well

Debt Tatoo
Nifty Looking Ink Eh

The essential technological step needed is erasable tattoos, which are being developed (well, the inks are) as we speak.

Here is the idea, you go into your local banker, and you want to borrow a large sum of money, and your banker offers you the following

Get the word Debtor tattooed on the back of each hand, and you can have the loan for a 25% discount on the current lending rates. When the debt is repaid, the tattoos are removed. However, you are automatically refused if you show up with one of these tattoos.

There would have to be subclauses about if you tried to alter the tattoo, or hide it in some fashion you’d have to pay a penalty but wouldn’t this be a great idea?

Too harsh? All it would do is drive folks to alternate lenders. I doubt it would slow many folks down.

My list of debt commentary articles is quite long, so let’s stick with the basics.

Feel Free to Comment

  1. What about if they get the loan for a discount in exchange for signing a contract they will go to an old school debtor’s prison if they default? I’m sure the spectre of prison back in the day was much scarier than signing the forms to declare personal bankruptcy. People would surely think twice before taking a loan.

    1. Debtors prison would be an interesting concept, and if they legalize marijuana, there would be a lot of open spaces in the exiting ones. This could be a job growth opportunity for Kingston and other communities? (OK, bad humor)

  2. Hope your recovery is fast and yes you would make a terrible banker. Personally I would like to see personal finances taught at an earlier age. If we’re now introducing sex-ed in grade 3, surely we can introduce personal finance at some point.

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