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Rent seeking, Danish style

As a career cynic, I view many of the fines levied for parking offences and the like as having little or nothing to do with traffic flow, and everything to do with rent seeking and keeping a small army of sociopaths in gainful employment.

Anyway, a Danish civil servant has not merely opted to reveal the cloven hoof, but has adorned the hoof with bright red nail polish and given the hoof a damned good waggle:

"Helping patrons remember to return their books would put us in an untenable situation in which we lost an important source of income". Source

Rolf Happel of the Århus (in the middle of our street?) library system 'fessed up as Danish libraries will no longer remind patrons by text or e-mail that books are due back, as said libraries make so much money from the fines.

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Anonymous Anonymous said... 4:16 pm

In the middle of the street? Heh, heh.

No, really, it's a very, very, very fine house,
With two cats in the yard,
Life used to be so hard....


I'll light the fire! Double heh!

STB  



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