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Go cry to montoto!

When some Argentinean complains about something with someone and their interlocutor cannot or wants to help him, it is common for him to say “go and cry montoto.”

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Andá a llorarle a montoto

Did anyone ever send you with montoto to complain? Do you know that the expression “go to cry a montoto” came from a true story? This Montoto is not a fictional character but was a person of flesh and blood.

Mario Montoto was an employee of the Banco Provincia de Buenos Aires. A strict, honest and highly applied type when resolving labor issues. As is normally said, an exemplary official.

For this reason, when there was a problem when it came to cash a check, the cashiers referred customers to Montoto, using the phrase “go to cry  Montoto ”. Because Mario always solved the drawbacks in an effective way.

Did you know the story of Mr. Montoto?

Publication Date: 19/08/2019

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