[The Kuwaiti Bureaucrats] episode one: 1/2 KD is more then one!
To be honest, i expected this to happen. and i expect it will happen again and again and again.
Today, i went to the registration office in CTS to request duplicate copies of my graduation certificate. they asked me to fill in a forum, normal so far. the forum had a table containing the type of requests that can be made and each entry had a fee specified to the right, still good. for duplicates, you are required to pay a fee of 1/2KD per duplicate. i needed three copies so purchased 2 stamps; 1 and 1/2 KD (i only had 1KD bills on me, and i thought that the stamp dispenser thing did not except 1/2). i went to the guy to give him the form with the stamp and was surprised with a “NO”. when i asked why, he simply replied: “you need three 1/2Kd stamps”.
Logically, what i gave him should suffice. after all, i gave him stamps worth 1.5KD which is exactly what is required. since i didn’t want to wast another KD, I tried the polite way and tried to bargain but the guy was persistent. so i swallowed my pride and opened my pocket (i don’t use an wallet.. long story) to buy another stamp worth 1/2KD (with 1KD).
i went again, this time i gave the guy three stamps along with the form: one 1KD and two 1/2KD. i know i was wasting 1/2KD but i couldn’t help it (it was ether that or i come again later). and the %#(& looked at me and said.. “NO”.
what now i asked, he replied: “you obviosly don’t understand, i said three 1/2 stamps”
struggling to control my temper, i had three choices:
- go over the counter and kick the shit out of him.
- have an argument with a “rich” set of words.
- ‘amsik a39abi’ and buy yet another 1/2 stamp.
number 1 was tempting but i know i can get thrown in jail for it. 2 can still get me in jail or at the very least, my request gets “accidentally lost”. so i had no choice and bought a fourth stamp. so now i have: one 1KD and three 1/2KD stamps. i walked to the counter. and gave him the three 1/2KD. this time he didn’t say i word ‘shina mo 3ajba’.
In conclusion, Kuwait is a wonderful place to live in but sometimes you encounter these type of people. and that’s why i decided to start an entire series dedicated to the dicks that are: The Kuwaiti Bureaucrats.