March 1, 2007
And Ethiopia's first Jobsworth Award goes to ...
... the Bank of Abyssinia.
They have returned two of my cheques over the past few weeks.
The first time was because the recipient signed his name twice on the back before trying to get hold of the cash. The message came back from the bank that 'Regulations say that the cheque only needs to be signed once. Two signatures was ambiguous'. The recipient had to make an appointment at the bank to cross out one of his signatures before the money went through.
The second time was because I wrote out the amount as "Four hundred birr and 34 cents". The message came back that I should have written "Four hundred birr 34 cents". The word 'and' was not mentioned in the regulations, so the cheque was invalid.
I know, life is tough for a fereng with a chequebook in Addis Abeba.
Here is everything you need to know about being a jobsworth by the way.
Posted by aheavens at March 1, 2007 2:35 PM