Have you ever wondered what Uhljebistan means? We use the word a lot here at TCN and often are quick to forget that not everyone will be aquainted with it (lucky them). In brief, the word encompasses uhljebs – those individuals typically working in Croatia’s numerous state bodies who want nothing more than to make your life needlessly complicated, for no gain, and then hopefully charge you a few kuna along the way.
If you’d like to take a more in depth journey into the world of Uhljebistan, click here and get to know some of the apparently unstoppable yet totally useless, self-important and self-serving cogs of the Croatian state.
You’d think that in this day and age, where people often love animals more than they do other people, placing a few signs on the street letting the world know you’ve lost your beloved pet and would like to find them, would be no problem at all. In fact, you’d think it would be encouraged. Apparently not, at least not in Osijek.
As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 28th of November, 2018, after her seven-year-old Siamese cat disappeared, one Osijek resident decided to place some signs in her neighbourhood letting others know about the cat’s disappearance, and offering a reward for anyone who finds the cat. Soon after, the woman’s mother, whose phone number was placed as a contact number on the sign, received an unexpected call. Instead of it being someone with news of the cat’s whereabouts on the other end of the line, it was a communal officer, writes Glas Slavonije.
“He told her [her mother] that we had two hours come and remove all the signs, because we’d otherwise have to pay 1,000 kuna for each sign. I have to admit that we’d put many signs up, and we mostly put them on bus stops, that is, at higher levels, on poles, etc. I saw a lot of ads put up in such places, so I didn’t think that I wouldn’t be permitted to put a poster up about my missing cat. As soon as we were cautioned, we went and removed all of them,” said the woman, whose publication on Facebook has been shared a lot, namely by other rightly irritated animal lovers.
So, if you’ve lost your cat, make sure you’re willing to pay a ridiculous amount of money to put up an innocent sign asking your fellow local residents for help, because God forbid someone goes without making money from your problems.
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