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Debt Collectors in Hearses Are a Rare Booming Business in Spain

  • Inflation surge is generating more work for recovery firms
  • Collectors in costumes operate on fringes of recovery industry
One of the fake hearses of La Funeraria del Cobro, or Undertaker of Debt Collection.

One of the fake hearses of La Funeraria del Cobro, or Undertaker of Debt Collection.

Source: La Funeraria del Cobro

As the new recruits arrive at Ángel Jiménez’s debt-collection business in Santiago de Compostela, a picturesque medieval city in north-western Spain, they’re quickly schooled in the art of cajoling, nagging and prodding.

Then they’re handed a pin in the form of a small silver cross to attach to their lapels. That’s the finishing touch on the undertaker uniform.