Post by Shy Ted
“Become ungovernable” they told us. So I did, as much as I could. We all know the criminals in government and those under their control have been making life very difficult/impossible for us since 2020. Protest? Feel the force of the law you’re paying for. So I’ve moved several times to avoid the lockdowns and such but did happen to be in a major centre for 18 months so I get a bit of what you’ve gone through. Minor challenges with GP appointments (for the pills that have made me fat) as I refused to mask up but I got by.
When I moved the new landlord insisted on using the State Residential Tenancies Authority despite my offer of a better system. When it came to leaving he filled in the appropriate Return of Bond form and sent it off immediately. Several weeks later I noticed the bond refund wasn’t in my bank account. Try to contact the RTA? You get redirected to a YourGov website where you put in your details and question it through there. Except it didn’t work. When I eventually got in to it it didn’t recognise my reference number, the number they gave me. A phone call to the RTA, waiting more than half a hour for a disinterested “read what’s on the screen” public servant who said my details hadn’t been updated. “Your site doesn’t work” was met with “perhaps I can do that for you”. After going through the various details she noticed that the date of birth was mm/dd/yyyy, not dd/mm/yyyy and someone, not me, had entered the wrong DOB. Some days later I got a refund and a “are you satisfied with our service?” email. Five weeks it took.
In the last week I’ve received two emails –
State transport had sent me one some weeks before – “due to a computer glitch we have sent your vehicle registration renewal papers by mail to your address” (the one I had left). Completely beyond them to disregard that and send the reminder by email, of course. So I paid it on the day of renewal, got a receipt by email and confirmed my card had been charged, it had. No registration papers. Another reminder to pay from a “no-reply” email.
Having been a nurse in state health I long ago began to suffer RSI from shaking my head in disbelief at the latest edict from those incompetents on high.
Saving the best til last. I’ve had a CBA credit card for decades. Used to put all my monthly expenses on it and pay it off in entirety so other than an annual fee I rarely paid any interest. Good customer? No, bad customer if they don’t make any money off you. For many a month now I’ve been a “cashy” so card purchases are rare. “Update your details” they emailed me. Well, I did update my details and even got –
Hi Shy Ted,
Your personal details were updated.
Then a repeat email – The email says –
Dear Shy Ted,
We’ve reached out to you before about confirming your personal details, and we’ve noticed that we haven’t received confirmation of your details in NetBank or the CommBank app. It’s important you take a moment to confirm your details within the next 30 days.
What happens if you don’t confirm your details?
If you don’t confirm your personal details within the next 30 days, we may restrict access to your banking until you do.
Nigel Farage was, of course, debanked, as good Cats know. We live in Orwellian times.
Shy Ted considers himself a bit of (not a lot of) a veteran of rural and remote life, mostly, but not always, nursing. Most of what you might read about in the media, other than the superficial headline such as doctor shortages, is nonsense. It’s interesting, challenging and rewarding and not for the faint-hearted or ideologues. Where necessary, names have been changed to protect identity.