Perhaps todays “Daily Prompt: Intense” has come at the appropriate time- for now I need to vent.
I am certainly not surprised by the intensity of my reaction. In fact, I think I may be justified.
How do I feel? Ready to commit murder!
The one thing that you need to know about me is that my debt is always paid on time and always paid. I need not be reminded to pay my debt as I always do. In the same breathe, I hate speeding fines. I think it is a waste of money and my speeding fines in all my years of driving can be counted on one hand. That is the type of person that I am.
So when I receive a nice little notice in the mail of ” Notice of Summons to be Issued” from the metro police (traffic department) and it doesn’t include the sum of the fine because I AM ACTUALLY GOING TO BE CHARGED WITH AN OFFENCE, you can imagine that I am not a very happy person.
Add to this the fact that the offence is for driving 127 km/h in an 80km zone, you can simply imagine what my temperature is at this moment.
Let me then me then just clarify that I WAS NOT THE DRIVER OF THE VEHICLE THAT DAY– I was in fact running around at work. I had lent my car to friend that particular day. My problem is further that I have a number of vehicles registered in my name even though I am not the regular driver thereof -hence I get fines on a regular basis and have to nominate the driver.
Now imagine my further annoyance when I tried to get hold of the metro police to enquire how I can nominate a driver and they simply don’t answer their phone. They also don’t answer their emails.
I then contacted someone who deals with these matters just to be told that I cant nominate the driver- I have to appear in court on the day stipulated in the summons (when I get it) with the actual driver. I can’t go and sort it out beforehand.
This means that I have to take a day off work and appear in a criminal court (when all I try and be is a law-abiding citizen), just because some idiot cannot drive properly with my car!
So my reaction at this stage is: If murder wasn’t a crime, someone would be dead!