Monday, August 14, 2006


One thing I loathe is officious behaviour from petty tyrants and it seems an unfortunate woman ran into a piece of this in the UK Post Office. What is good is that it appears the Post Office in the end recognizes the behaviour as a stupid mistake. But it remains a bit alarming that a front-line clerk could get away with such nonsense.

Hat tip to Little Green Footballs.

The key quotes:

A five-year-old girl's passport application was rejected because her photograph showed her bare shoulders.

Hannah Edwards's mother, Jane, was told that the exposed skin might be considered offensive in a Muslim country.

A woman behind the counter informed them that she was aware of at least two other cases where applications had been rejected because a person's shoulders were not covered.

Mrs Edwards, a Sheffield GP, said: "I was incensed. I went back home and checked the form. Nowhere did it say anything about covering up shoulders. If it had, I would have done so, but it all seems so unnecessary."

Unecessary and fatuous! Read the whole hting.


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