Taxpayer resorts to arms to settle claim

A 50-year-old man fed up with bureaucratic delays at the tax office took the law into his own hands yesterday and forced the manager to settle his matter while holding him at gunpoint, police said. The taxpayer, armed with a loaded hunting rifle, stormed into the manager’s office at the tax office in Tripolis, in the Peloponnese, locked himself and the manager in an office and demanded that his outstanding tax business be settled. Police were notified, and, after evacuating the building, encircled it. Shortly afterward, the gunman gave himself up without anyone being hurt. He has been charged with disturbing the peace, illegal gun possession and threatening physical harm.