OMG, the excitement doesn’t end. Or rather – whatever goes for excitement these days. So here comes a little update on the grievances and occurrences that have been keeping me distracted for a moment or two this week. This morning we had four plain clothes detectives in my house, searching one of the premises that is rented out in our ground floor to a business tenant. After last week’s visit where they made their first enquiry, they returned today. I probably must have looked like a startled (and scared?) rabbit in the headlights when they turned up, because they hastened to say that they are not investigating us at all and have nothing to worry about. Instead they had a search warrant and have asked to access said office. Luckily the door was unlocked, otherwise they would’ve forced it open. They left with some evidence bagged up. – Since we are friendly with the business owner (a lovely woman, we have known her for years), I thought it would be a matter of kindness to let her know what was going down. She just rang back and was in shock. She has no idea what is going on, hasn’t been informed by the authorities and is frightened. With not even a parking fine to her name, she just can’t figure out why her premises are being investigated. *sighs* It’s all very exciting, even as a bystander. I just hope she finds out soon what is going on.
Second Update pertains to the latest RAPS. I actually decided to determine the recipient myself, and “A-dayum” is already on the way to surprise the unsuspecting victim of this gift bomb.
Update number 3 is short – my parking fine appeal was rejected. Bastards. They just follow the law to the letter – we were parking in a spot where we do not have a permit, and it doesn’t matter that there are hundreds of empty spaces all around it and weren’t taking away a paid parking spot. I guess there’s no point in taking it further. I’m just peeved that apparently clamping is an essential service during Covid times…
For those who follow me on Twitter and read my angry tweets on Tuesday that I had to cough up 30 Euro in fees in order to receive a delivery of printed goods I had ordered from a UK based company – the issue was resolved to my satisfaction. I had reordered my shrine postcards – if you have ever received a package from me, you probably know those postcards. (Here is a post where I am writing about unboxing a previous shipment of them.) I always have them printed by a company called moo. They are not the cheapest, but they offer you the option to have 25 different images across 100 printed postcards – which is quite handy when you don’t order en masse. Anyway, my order came to 57 Euro (including postage), on which I paid 30.20 Euro in BrexSHit customs fees. Outrageous! Now, these new customs fees are obviously not moo’s responsibility. The fees are not paid to them. But I took issue that the company did not flag the potential fee more clearly at and before check-out. They basically played it down, and I did not expect to be charged that highly (because items below the value of 155 Euro are supposedly VAT free). So yeah, I angrily tweeted at them that they need to adjust their communication. – It very much speaks for moo’s customer service that they responded to me on Twitter and we hashed out something behind the scenes. They have kindly given me a voucher to the tune of my customs fees, and so I am placated. Phew.
So, to end on a sweeter note, I thought I’d share the joy of receiving my new postcards by giving some away. Of course, they are not a massive gift at all, and maybe they are not easy to use – after all they are fairly specific to our fandom. But if you are in the habit of corresponding via snail mail with other fans, they might come in handy? Anyway, I’ll pack a set and send it to one of you. Let me know in the comments, if you’d like it and I’ll get it on the way to you.
Phew, what a day. I need the weekend, soon.