October 12, 2018

Baby invited to meet bureaucrats at town hall

Filed under: Weird by Orangemaster @ 1:21 pm


The town of Schagen, North Holland sent a letter to one of their newest residents, inviting them to town hall in order to find out about what bureaucrats can do for them. At this point in time, the answer is so not much because the town sent a letter to a three-month-old baby girl whose diary is pretty much full up for the foreseeable future.

Yes, she is a new resident of Schagen, but why didn’t the town have a good look at the baby’s date of birth before sending this kind of useless correspondence? I’m quite sure that the rest of the country checks these kinds of details first.

In true bureaucratic form, and even though the baby’s parents and the town had a good laugh about the mishap, the bureaucrats managed to blame the newly implemented privacy law (possibly the General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR), saying they could not easily check a date of birth, which I call bullshit on. All newborn children as well as every single resident of the Netherlands must be registered with town hall, making it pretty clear when reading their date of birth who is a baby. The GDPR has enough articles about when to use personal data and when not to.

After the father posted the invitation for his daughter on Facebook, people commented that they too had received weird letters from their town: an eight-year-old boy was invited to come and talk about real estate law.

A few years back, the Dutch tax office, a very different breed of bureaucrats,
pestered a nine-year-old for not filing a return when of course they didn’t have to.

(Link: nhnieuws.nl, Photo of baby booties by Winam, some rights reserved)

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April 21, 2011

Small town neighbourhood wins 2,000 bikes

Filed under: Bicycles,Weird by Orangemaster @ 11:08 am
Pink bike

A neighbourhood in the town of Schagen, North Holland won 2,000 bicycles from a national lottery that picks its winners using their postal codes. Normally a few streets win prizes, usually money, but this time it was a bigazz pile of bicycles. That’s all really nice, but some man ended up with 14 bikes, which is a bit much.

The bike shops in the small town have told local telly station they were not happy with the possibility of losing business, but in good entrepreneurial spirit, they have stepped up advertising accessories and theft insurance.

Quikc idea: give your 10 extra bikes to the poor? Of course you can also sell them, but obviously not to your neighbours.

(Link: waarmaarraar)

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