Once upon a time
Hmmm, is it a scoop that in that poor country of mine, we do have shitloads of civil servants dumber than a stone ? Even some carrying a weapon !
Don't even start me on this .... OK, that's your fault, mate :-)
Once upon a time, some french chap went to the Gendarmerie, since he needed to change his start train station, to go to military conscription (was mandatory at that time). The train ticket being paid by the public authority, it was based on home location, and the chap wanted to departure from his studying location. And the only military authority was Gendarmerie.
After explaining the problem, the gendarme went on to type on a very old Tryumph typing machine, the new departure place of the said chap, onto the train ticket. That was some 25 letters + signature.
No kidding, it took him 4 attempts to slide the sheet of paper in the typing machine, before having it correct:
- 1st attempt: typed in the name of the chap. Was baffled the machine typed on the verso of the inserted sheet
- 2nd attempt: same thing (yeah, it got inserted the same way ;-)
- 3rd attempt: the guy got creative, here, reversed the sheet sense, but same side, not good either
- 4th attempt: after what all witnesses thought would blow his brain up, he managed (took 30 s. of INTENSE thoughts) to insert the sheet the right way, and had the enthusiast look of someone that just discovered the secret of turning lead into gold, on his face.
The chap went outside, happy he finally did it.