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I am who I say I am — 15 Comments

    • When are they going to realise that we have entered an era where bills as proof of identity are increasingly rare? I can’t remember when I last got one, it’s so long ago.

    • I get very little junk through the letterbox. All mine is electronic. I have just received a mail from our post office to say they have a parcel for me and all I have to do is click on the provided link and pay €2.99. Gone Phishing!!!!

      • Of the old fashioned mail we get half of it is junk, and most of those are credit card offers. I have taken advantage of the postage paid envelopes they provide to reply “Oh hell no, leave me the fuck alone”. After all, they paid the postage. Not to mention paying some poor soul in the basement to open the incoming crap, sort it, and then route it. (Or most likely in my case, to trash it.)

  1. Our somewhat recent experience with one (for that ongoing trouble with a neighbour awhile back) gave me just another reason to avoid them at all (lack of) costs. When one of them states that they get $$$ an hour billed every 6 minutes–I still don’t know what that means–including charging extra for every phone call no matter how short, it made me a more than bit nervous about our financial situation. We did save some by doing all the footwork ourselves that he would have had to do otherwise. I couldn’t imagine what he would have charged us for driving around back roads all afternoon.

    • I presume your solicitor has gone decimal? 6 minutes = 0.1 hours?

      I did get a mail from my lot giving an a la carte menu. Over $400 to write a will. Luckily we did that years ago and there’s no need to change it unless we have more children….

  2. Yes Irish solicitors, efficient and manage to keep a sense of humour to boot.

    At long last the dealings with some land in the family back in Clare has been cleared up and put to bed, its only taken around 55 years.

    I was a nipper when my mother and my uncle would be discussing this land in hushed tones, and following the death of my mother some 17 years ago things fell to us children, who knew the sweet FA about any of it and its been a nightmare with each of us dreading a letter or email arriving.
    At last its over, and my sister cousins and myself are all pleased it’s finally over, in our lifetimes too, none of us wanted it to fall to our children who would be even more clueless than we’ve been.

    • Hah! There are rumours that Herself may have inherited some land in Clare, but no one seems to know where exactly it is. It would probably cost ten times the value of the land to find out. We’re not going down that road. What is it about Clare anyway? Should they just divide the county amongst the population?

      • By all means leave well enough alone on that one. Someone will show up at the door with a bill for thirty years back taxes.

  3. Don’t know if Ireland was the same as the UK, but we used to have solicitors acting as ‘Commissioners of Oaths’ In effect, to prove your identity, you sat across a desk from any solicitor (he didn’t need to know you), a desk upon which sat a bible, you then ‘swore’ who you were (unsupported by any ID documentation), at which point the solicitor then certified your identity and charged you a shilling.
    A tad insecure perhaps, placing its entire reliance on the implied fear of the consequences of lying over a bible, but it was far simpler than now.

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