American troops eat so much food on Greek island locals run out of eggs and meat

American marines have eaten so much food during downtime on a small Greek island that it has ran out of eggs and meat.

Over 1,000 troops are said to have been transported by the US Navy's behemoth USS Arlington, which dropped the soldiers at Alexandroupolis, Greece.

The Greek island has since become a hub for the US, with restaurants filled up and store shelves completely emptied.

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Alexandroupolis' tattoo parlour also had its very own queue snaking out of the door, but local restauranteur Vassilis Siklafidis said that the soldiers have "gone crazy" for the foodstuff.

Speaking of the soldiers, Siklafidis said: "They have gone crazy. They keep telling us that they haven't eaten nicer meat. They have travelled many cities and come here and ask us what kind of meat this is, especially for the local meats, our fillets.

"And for the prices they see, they say 'are you sure, are you sure it is that price?'

"I say 'yes', and they find it incredible, excellent and delicious, and the value for money for them is very honest."

Another restaurateur, Giorgos Alavantas, said: "Yesterday, 1,500 people had breakfast in Alexandroupolis and ate eggs, sausages and bacon. Yesterday, 6,000 – 7,000 eggs were needed. In other words, we don’t have eggs."

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A total of 15 buses had been rented to run routes for shored-up American soldiers wanting to visit the city to eat, drink and shop.

Eat and drink they did, so much so that the city has ran out of eggs and even led to a massive surge in profits for a local tattooist, Greek City Times reported.

Tattoo studio owner Nikos Katsoulis said: "A week, ten days ago, the messages started coming in droves. From 9 in the morning, he was outside. We already cancelled large tattoos. We told them that we would make small ones and they got one small one each.

"They travel all over the world, so tattoos are crucial for them to have a memory when they grow older to say that they passed through Greece and I got this tattoo."

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