Rowyn (rowyn) wrote,
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Bureaucracy in Action

Missouri Department of Revenue: "Hi, Rowyn. We noticed that we haven't received your 2007 tax return. We're sure you must have submitted it, and we're very sorry to have misplaced it. Would you mind terribly sending us another copy?"
Rowyn: "Oh. Um. I don't remember what I did with it. I'll get back to you later."

...

Missouri Department of Revenue: "Hey, it's been a couple of months, have you found that tax return yet? The one for 2007?"
Rowyn: "Huh? Oh, no. Actually, I remembered what happened. I didn't fill one out."
Missouri Department of Revenue: "... you didn't fill one out?"
Rowyn: "Nah. I think I guesstimated that my refund was gonna be $50 or something, and I didn't think it was worth the trouble of tracking down the form, filling it out, and mailing it in. Something like that. You guys can just keep it, I don't care that much."
Missouri Department of Revenue: "... Um. That's very nice of you, Rowyn, but we'd really appreciate it if you'd just submit the return like everyone else."
Rowyn: "No, really, it's okay, keep the money. It's not worth the trouble to me."
Missouri Department of Revenue: "It's just that we need the paperwork filled out. You know how it is."
Rowyn: "But I hate dealing with taxes. I don't even know where to find the form -- "
Missouri Department of Revenue: " -- it's right on our website -- "
Rowyn: " -- and I'd have to find my W2s again and figure out where I put my 2007 federal tax return. Do I have to?"
Missouri Department of Revenue: "Yes."
Rowyn: "But I don't wanna."
Missouri Department of Revenue: "LOOK, SEND IN THE DAMN FORM OR GUIDO HERE IS GOING TO BREAK BOTH YOUR KNEECAPS."
Rowyn: "Okay, okay! I'm filling it out already! Sheesh!"
Missouri Department of Revenue: "That's more like it."
Rowyn: "Wow, your website's really easy to use. Can you talk to the company whose website I used for my federal taxes? They need your help. Desperately."
Rowyn: "Oh, the refund was actually a few hundred dollars. I guess I should've filled it out in the first place."
Missouri Department of Revenue: (not touching that one.)
Rowyn: Anyway, here you go.
Missouri Department of Revenue: "o/~Thank you! Here's your check! o/~"

...

I'm not sure what the moral of this story is, to be honest.
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