Urk lets harbour lose big money on Sundays



After the barrage of other plagues (kids on drugs, alcoholic teens and fighting strippers), the quirky religious town of Urk, the butt of many jokes, has yet another faith-related problem: people stealing free electricity.

On Sundays, in the harbour, due to religious reasons, the harbour people cannot ask for money to others charging up their boats. And losing tens of thousands of euro is a good reason to ask the city to allow them to make an exception on Sundays, a day of rest for nobody except the bureaucrats in Urk.

The answer was simply that asking people for money on Sunday was not OK. Of course, the bureaucrats don’t see any change in their salary, so it’s OK to let business people choke. Love thy neighbour.

(Link: rtl.nl)


  1. Solution: switch off sockets on Saturday.

    Comment by BM — July 20, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

  2. This comparison has probably been made before, but “urk” (or more commonly, “irk”) is also an American English slang term for being annoyed at someone/something… for example: “The politicians in Urk really irk me.” http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=urk

    It sounds like this town is living up to its name!

    Comment by Alex — July 25, 2011 @ 5:52 am

  3. If the electricity is free, then how can it be stealing?

    Comment by Branko Collin — August 3, 2011 @ 8:28 am

  4. Faulty logic Branko.

    Comment by Orangemaster — August 3, 2011 @ 9:55 am

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