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Passport Office Appointment by perfectbitch on 12 November 2005 9:46am
I had to apply for a fast track passport which guarantees delivery within a week. This entailed telephoning the offices to get an appointment. The instructions were not to arrive more than 10 minutes before the appointment time. So, I dutifully waited outside for 15 minutes before I ventured through the automatic doors. I was immediately greetied by an overassertive voice asking, "What time is your appointment?" The small, stocky, dishevelled looking lady glared at me until I replied, at which point she pointed to a line of about 10 anxious looking people and bellowed the order, "Go the the end of that line."
I joined the queue and we stood there until the dragon lady was told to let us through the maze of red taped walkway to a security check. This was just like airport security and they x-rayed my handbag while I passed through a METAL DETECTOR!!! Then I was ushered to a counter which issued me with a nubered ticket and directed to a waitimg room on the 2nd floor. After a few minutes, an electronic voice directed me to another numbered counter where I handed in my application form and photos etc. I then had to join a queue for another counter where I paid.
I have to say that this was very efficient but very daunting and it was difficult not to feel like a criminal with all the aggression at the beginning of the process. Anyway, I'm off on 23rd to Tunisia - my 1st proper holiday in almost 5 years and I'm really getting excited now. I'm such a kid. Linz
Re: Passport Office Appointment by Blasi on 12 November 2005 4:42pm
Eek, I'll be sure to renew my passport well in advance next time!

Holiday well 41 ;o)
Re: Passport Office Appointment by kazzzz on 12 November 2005 5:53pm
Oh I HATE going through customs, you feel like you've done something wrong even when you haven't done! It's those beady eyes..........
Re: Passport Office Appointment by tucsonmike on 13 November 2005 3:24am
Well, the holiday sounds like fun, but the dragon lady sounds like an uncivil servant with too much power.

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