The Knucklehead of the Day award
Today's winner is the Romania's People Registration Service. They get the award for the following.
BUCHAREST (Reuters) - A cashier for Romania's state-owned railway has been asked to pay a month's worth of wages to receive government confirmation that she is alive.Classic bureaucratic stupidity. If Ms. Popescu was supposed, she should have asked for a refund on all taxes she had paid since her 'death'. Wouldn't that be fair?
Filoftea Popescu discovered when she applied for a passport that the Romania's People Registration Service had mistakenly declared her dead in November 2005, stripping her of all her rights as a citizen.
"I went to the police ... and I found out that I have no rights in the Romanian state because I died in 2005," the 55-year-old Popescu was quoted on Monday by daily Evenimentul Zilei as saying.
Romania is struggling to cut through vast red tape and complicated legislation to improve a bloated and ineffective administration in order to benefit from new membership in the European Union.
"A lawyer told me it costs me 500 lei (to obtain a court order). Why should I pay to prove I am alive?" Popescu said.
The People Registration Service admitted its error and said it fired the staff responsible.
For redefining bureaucratic bungling Eastern European style, The Romania's People Registration Service is today's Knucklehead of the Day.
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