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  1. #1
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    Exclamation Subject: New Passport

    Dear Mr. Minister,

    I'm in the process of renewing my passport, and still cannot believe this. How is it that Radio Shack has my address and telephone number and knows that I bought a t.v. cable from them back in 1997, and yet, the Federal Government is still asking me where I was born and on what date.

    For crying out loud, do you guys do this by hand? My birth date, you have on my social insurance card, on all the income tax forms I've filed for the past 40 years or more, my health insurance card, my driver's licence, on the last eight bloody passports I've had, on all those stupid customs declaration forms I've had to fill out before being allowed off the planes over the last 30 years, and all those insufferable census forms that are done at election times.

    Would somebody please take note, once and for all, that my mother's name is Maryanne, my father's name is Robert and I'd be absolutely astounded if that ever changed between now and when I die!

    I apologize, Mr. Minister. I'm really ticked off this morning. Between you an' me, I've had enough! You send the application to my house, then you ask me for my freakin' address. What is going on? You have a gang of Neanderthals workin' there?! Look at my damn picture. Do I look like Ben Laden? I don't want to dig up Yasser Araft, for crying out loud. I just want to go and park my butt on a sandy beach. And would someone please tell me, why would you care whether I plan on visiting a farm in the next 15 days?! If I ever got the urge to do something weird to a chicken or a goat, believe you me, I'd sure as hell not want to tell anyone!

    Well, I have to go now, 'cause I have to go to the other end of the city and get another bloody copy of my birth certificate, to the tune of $60! Would it be so complicated to have all the services in the same spot to assist in the issuance of a new passport the same day?? Nooooo, that'd be too easy! You'd rather have us running all over the place like chickens with our heads cut off, then find some bozo to confirm that it's really me on the stupid picture - you know, the one where we're not allowed to smile?! Hey, you know why we can't smile? We're ticked off!

    Signed - An Irate Canadian Citizen

  2. #2
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    But you did fill up the form didnt you in the end?

  3. #3
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    I feel for you. I went through the same thing last year. I wanted to make sure I had one before we left for Mexico. They wanted to know when I was married, when I was divorced etc. I had to go online to the public records because I could not remember.

    When I asked them why they could not look that up in their system, they just gave me a dumbfounded stare.

    (Even getting a license it getting more difficult, the state of Colorado will not accept just the passport and SSN as identification.)

  4. #4
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    It's just a sad fact of life. The people that design these systems have the IQ of a high school student at best. I'm always dumbfounded about how we can call this the information age when so much isn't being done with the capability to do it is readily available at significantly less cost than the original system.

    It's pathetic how long it is taking to make something critical like medical records available more quickly to doctors. The time to look up records by hand can cost critical patients their life.
    Last edited by cywkevin; 11-28-2006 at 01:45 PM.
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  5. #5
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    I just got my very first passport (because I'm going to Florida in January and will need one by then) It was a simple process and I received the passport within 10 days. Why the big rant?

    I filled out my passport application online, brought it in to the passport office downtown, and they took the application and scanned it into their computer system (I got to take the application forms home with me right away after it was scanned) They certainly don't do anything by hand.
    Last edited by macdonaldp; 11-28-2006 at 08:31 PM.

  6. #6
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    I don't work in the Passport office. As a U.S. government employee I prefer to have some manual control over the data submitted in my application rather than relying 100% on my passport data being entered from an automated government database.

  7. #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by Techno
    Dear Mr. Minister,

    Between you an' me, I've had enough! You send the application to my house, then you ask me for my freakin' address. What is going on?
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  8. #8
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    My God, I hope his passport is denied... some poeple should not be allowed to travel!!!!!!! (Just think if it is denied after all that work... that would be priceless).

    Techno, I could answer many of your questions in your post... but I don't think you are really looking for answers.

    A renewal is painless.
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  9. #9
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    Well, I used to be a government employee a while back, so I understand what happened. You find a lot of people that do the bare minimum work in that kind of field and at the same time you find fellows that will go above and beyond, however you see more of the people just skating by. Namely why I left, lol. I hope it gets fixed
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