Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter

Just wanted to wish everyone some joy in your Sunday. Whether you're a Christian and rejoice in the knowledge that our Saviour lives, or maybe not but you still found a giant chocolate egg and some jelly beans waiting for you this morning, or anywhere in the middle, I hope you have a wonderful Easter morning.

(I hesitate to go on a rant after such a nice introduction, but alas I cannot help myself.) I had to get a vehicle title transferred the other day, and I couldn't remember if the Clerk of Courts took personal checks. So I called them and this was the conversation:

Them... "Hello, Clerk of Courts office."
Me... "Hello. I was wondering if you take personal checks for title transfers?"
Them... "Well, we normally don't."

WHAT?!?! What in the world does that mean? My question was a closed ended question. In other words, there can only be a YES or NO answer. But somehow the people there have found a way to not give a straight answer. Furthermore, they've decided if there is indeed a specific rule in that office pertaining to that question, there may be times they stretch the rules.

I'm not sure what pissed me off more, the fact that they didn't really answer my question or the fact that a government agency has loopholes and circumstances where they feel they can break the rules. Probably the second. So how do I get into the circle of untouchables that are allowed to use checks? Or what special thing do I need to gain access to the NO-NO area? Is the Clerk of Courts office the kind of place where slipping a twenty to the attendant gets my work done quicker, and then pay with a check? (Which is an oxymoron to the 'nth degree.)

Does this annoy anyone else besides me? If not maybe this will... I took cash just in case I didn't talk to the same lady who gave me the "normally" answer. When I walked in the office, each and every window where service could be transacted, had a little sign that said, "Please make checks payable to Clerk of Courts." The same sign hung on both walls facing the seating area. You're head's spinning now, isn't it?

I guess I'm living in a fairy tale land where I think there are rules and regulations to be followed, and people know those rules and regulations and know how to enunciate them to the general public. Oh well. Happy Easter anyway. :-)

3 Comments:

Blogger 3rd string's finest said...

Happy Easter, my friend. That is hilarious. I hate r&r's >rules and regs< Or like you, maybe I just hate the fact that they either are not enforced or not followed in the first place. Followed by those who set them and by those for whom they are set.........I take checks for sure :)

8:59 PM  
Blogger Kyle said...

Lo! how inharmonious creation has become!

10:06 PM  
Anonymous MOM said...

Life is an absolute wonderful thing, except for the people....

10:06 PM  

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