UKUK Passport Letter (karma: 4)
By naturalizedtexan Comments: 7160, member since Tue Mar 27, 2007
On Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:35 AM
Edited by naturalizedtexan (80466) on 2013-03-05 09:50:23
We all need a laugh...
A British "retired gentleman" recently applied to have his passport renewed, and was less than happy with some of the questions. In response, he wrote the following (actual letter).
I'm in the process of renewing my passport, and still cannot believe this.
How is it that Sky Television has my address and telephone number and knows that I bought a bleeding satellite dish from them back in 1977, and yet, the Government is still asking me where I was bloody born and on what date.
For Heaven's sake, do you guys do this by hand? My birth date you have on my pension book, and it is on all the income tax forms I've filed for the past 30 years. It is on my National Health card, my driving
license, my car insurance, and on the last eight damn passports I've had and on all those stupid customs declaration forms I've had to fill out before being allowed off the plane over the last 30 years, and all those insufferable census forms.
Would somebody please take note, once and for all, that my mother's name is Mary Anne, my father's name is Robert and I'd be absolutely astounded if that ever changed between now and when I die!
I'm really pissed off this morning. Between you an' me, I've had enough of this bullshit! You post the application to my house, THEN you ask me for my bloody address! What is going on? Do you have a gang of Neanderthals working there?
Look at my damn picture. Do I look like Bin Laden? I don't want to dig up Yasser Arafat, for Goodness sakes.
I just want to go and park my arse on some sandy beach somewhere.
And would someone please tell me, why would you give a toss whether I plan on visiting a farm in the next 15 days? If I ever got the urge to do something weird to a chicken or a goat, believe you me, you'd be the last people I'd want to tell!
Well, I have to go now, because I have to go to the other end of the poxy city to get another bloody copy of my birth certificate, to the tune of £30.
Would it be so complicated to have all the services in the same spot to assist in the issuance of a new passport the same day?? Nooooooooooooo, that'd be too damn easy and maybe make sense. You’d rather have us running all over the sodding place like chickens with our heads cut off.
Then I have to find some idiot to confirm that it's really me on the damn picture - you know, the one where we're not allowed to smile? (bureaucratic morons).
Hey, do you know why we couldn't smile if we wanted to? Because we're totally pissed off!
An Irate Citizen.
P.S. Remember what I said above about the picture and getting someone to confirm that it's me? Well, my family has been in this country since 1776... I have served in the military for over 30 years and
have had full security clearances over 25 of those years enabling me to undertake highly secretive missions all over the world. However, I have to get someone 'important' to verify who I am - you know, someone like my doctor – WHO WAS BORN AND RAISED IN PAKISTAN!
Update: the original letter dates from 2003, and it most likely was a fake. However, it recently began popping up again all over the UK, this time on Facebook. It seems to reflect the feelings of many, many people; looks like things haven't changed in the past 10 years.
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By TheMadPoet Comments: 38751, member since Mon Nov 07, 2005
On Tue Mar 05, 2013 11:46 AM
He should try doing immigration forms some time.
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By LMAO Comments: 17824, member since Sun Nov 06, 2005
On Thu Mar 14, 2013 05:34 PM
Try doing National Marine Fisheries paperwork.
3 licenses, renewable every YEAR
7 permits, Variable from one to five years.
I have no fucking idea how many regulations are on the books but I had to keep more gear on the boat then I need to fish for 15 days.
When I started it cost 25 bucks for a permit and one sheet, both sides for paperwork. Heres your license.
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