Thursday 23 November 2017

One fine day on the dole

Sir -- I'm not one normally to complain but a recent incident vexed me beyond belief. It occurred on my monthly sign-on day at the local dole office.

Having arrived 20 minutes early for my 11 o'clock sign-on time (signs all over the office tell us, "Failure to sign on at your appointed time will result in loss of payment," and rest assured this is most definitely the case), I attempted to park in the car-park, which as always was full to the brim. The gentleman in the hi-vis jacket said to park along the road past Nolan Park, and it looked like everyone had followed this advice. Practically all the road and pavement from the dole offices to the new roundabout at the back of the GAA stadium was covered in people's vehicles. I parked on the pavement as best I could to avoid blocking the road, and joined the ridonkulously long queue at the dole office.

It took 90 minutes to reach the desk to sign my name. Already frustrated after such a long waste of time, I returned to my car to find a small white piece of paper under my wiper with a Garda insignia stating an offence had been committed and would be reported. These were on every car parked by the dole office. Last week a letter arrived from the gardai with a fine of €40 for parking illegally.

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