Not a rant, but an observation. We have a huge amount of clients' water bills to pay each due date. The electricity and phone bills are no problem, as we do this by internet banking. Despite the water bills having a barcode on them, the water board do not have a barcode reader, so everything is done manually. I was in the bank yesterday, and asked how I may pay the 850 euros due on these bills, as I could only draw out 60 Euros per day. They said "No problem, we will issue you a cashier's cheque, which you can take to the water board". Simples (And funny clicking noise that merecats make). So...Today, I went to the bank (The same bank and branch), and requested said cashier's cheque for 847.74 Euros made out to the water board. "We cannot do that", they said. I then pointed to the lady sitting adjacent, and said "This lady told me I could, only yesterday". They kind of relented, but just to make sure, they phoned Mr.Nikos at the water board to check this was ok. he obviously said yes, so a cheque was issued. Not without some fun though, as the young lady tore the cheque slightly as she retrieved it from the printer. Without a word of a lie, she said "Oh crap". She then blushed, and went into fits of giggles, as did we all. Anyway, blushing and fanning of face later, I had the cheque.
I proceeded post haste to the water board with my collection of bills and the method of payment. ( I am sure this guy was related to the IKEA kitchen fitter}, as at first he said "The electricity is out in Vrisses". I took this to be a code phrase, so I responded with "The palms are not gathering in Egypt at this time of year". Stony silence. Then he glanced at the cashier's cheque, duly signed, counter signed and stamped 4 times, and said "Only cash here". I explained that I could only draw out 60 euros a day, so it would take a while for me to accumulate the 847.74 Euros. He said, (I laughed), "You must take this cheque to the bank, and bring the cash back to me". Many expletives later, Mr.Nikos was called. (He had taken the phone call from the bank, you may remember). And lo, it came to pass that (Maybe tomorrow, if Vrisses has electricity) the bills may be paid.