Here is this week’s entry into the weekly challenge brought to us by the lovely Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. Here are the rules: Use the photo as inspiration, write a hundred(ish) words – and share! Here goes my offering for this week – and I welcome your comments again!
Copyright – Roger Bultot
– Only Joking –
“Hello? Parking Services?”
“Yes, sir. How may I – ?”
“One of the Parks & Recreation Team blokes just chopped down a tree! And it’s on top of my bloody car!”
“I’m sorry to hear that, sir.”
“You were supposed to tow away any cars parked in my street today. And you haven’t! Why the hell not?”
“Change of policy, sir. The leader of the Council decided it was cheaper and easier to let residents claim on their insurance in these situations, rather than organise for a tow company to take their cars to the pound.”
“Aaaah! I am the leader of the Council, and it was a bloody joke. How stupid can you get?”
“I really couldn’t comment, sir.”
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48 thoughts on “Only Joking – Friday Fictioneers”
Your story captured the foibles of bureaucracy perfectly. Just desserts.
Thank you, Douglas (my brother’s name, also). Yes, petty bureaucracy is one thing guaranteed to get my goat! I’m glad you enjoyed it!
As someone who just lost money because I had to spend £20 to get a new birth certificate so I could get on the payroll for 3 hours work, agree with the bureaucracy comments.
Good grief! What a rip-off!
I also had to buy uniform. They say they’ll call me if more shifts come up, but if they don’t, I’ll be so angry.
BUY uniform!! They don’t deserve you…
LoL!! I just love that ending! 😀
Why thank you! Couldn’t resist a dig at bureaucracy! 🙂
now there is an expensive and inconvenient joke
well played out
Indeed! Maybe he (for it was a man!) will use his words more carefully next time…
haha “I really couldn’t comment, sir.” love that response. ^^
Thank you – I must say, I have used that line myself on occasion (not in a work-related capacity though!).
“A Bureaucrat Gets His Just Desserts.” Always a fun time sticking it to the man.
Oh, absolutely! Glad you enjoyed 🙂
This is very funny from beginning to end! As someone living in a country famous for its senseless bureaucracy, I can very well relate. 🙂
Haha! Well, I didn’t like to say…. But since one of my colleagues also hails from your country and complains bitterly… 😉
Great story Freya, justice one might say.
Thank you. Yes, justice indeed 🙂
Oh the irony, loved it 🙂
Glad you enjoyed it! I loved writing it 🙂
Guess that leader will be more careful about his joking. Somehow, in that light, it serves him right. Fun story.
I would think so, but then some people never learn…
I like it. it is same everywhere with service.
Of course it is! I am yet to visit anywhere that isn’t infected with too much bureaucracy!
So true 🙂
Another bureaucratic snafu. Funny story, great dialog. You left out the L in the word only in the title just above the story. Thought you’d want to know. Ron
Ooh, thank you Ron. For the compliment and the eagle-eyes!
Well done! I like the bureaucratic run around analogy.
Thank you! It’s only a small exaggeration of the style of some of the local council ideas we hear about here in the UK…
haha. Sounds like the jokes on him. And further more if you’re the Council leader why aren’t you setting an example to move your own car instead of spending taxpayers money. Grrr. Now I’m upset.
Well, my approach was that he was relying on them to do what he should have been doing – and probably to get away with not paying any release fee from the pound! Don’t get too upset… It is only a story! 🙂
Okay. Breathe 1,2,3,4 and repeat 🙂
Best to repeat that process throughout the day 🙂
Seems to me there are several not-too-smart characters in this 100-word story. (By the way, I was tickled by the Council Leader’s sense of humor.)
Indeed. There are a lot of NSMs around… Thank you for visting and commenting 🙂
Your government dollars at work! I laughed out loud. THanks!
Indeed! I’m very happy that it made you laugh!
Hi Freya – we are on the same wavelength this week . The conversation was brilliant and so typical I fear.
I know – tongue in cheek but informed by some of the actions local government take these days….!
“I am the leader of the Council–LOL Words, they are so powerful!
Indeed they are – so they should be chosen wisely!
Joking with the parking bureaucrats is never a great idea.. never do it with customs either… great fun..
Crikey – that’s just reminded me of an embarrassing situation I got into at San Francisco airport many moons ago. It involved a souvenir from the cable car museum and my hand luggage… Thankfully, the customs people saw the funny side!
So much for community involvement.
Sticking it to the man, we all love that!
Don’t we just! 🙂