trail trial is fast becoming a big joke but no one is laughing.
The latest: Village head man went back in to the government office with the new paperwork only to be told a new and completely different story. He was told that they need more photos of our kids and a petition signed by no less then 50% of the entire village population saying that the kids are indeed ours! How the heck are they meant to know if the kids are ours or not, they were born in Australia for crying out loud.
Last night the head man made an announcement over the village loudspeaker (a separate post just about this is coming soon I promise) asking everyone to come down to see him to sign this stupid form. Seerung and I were unaware this was going on at the time otherwise we would have done something about it. We only found out this morning and as you can imagine, we were both furious.
Seerung, not being your average Thai person hit the phones and called the embassy in Canberra and then the government in Bangkok who told her that our local office is full of it and there is no such rule calling for this sort of thing and that is should have been granted after our very first visit.
Unfortunately the head man has already left for the office with the petition so I will keep you in touch with what action Seerung decides to take.
All I can put it down to is that they want a bribe. I have been told many times before that in situations like this (being a foreigner I have money to burn) after the first hurdle we should have supplied a little tea money to speed things along. As we didn’t they just keep on making things harder and harder as we go along until we finally pay.
Ha! They have messed with the wrong woman!