Big wheel keeps on turning


in Rants

As if to demonstrate the slow but deadly rotation of bureaucratic gears, the University of British Columbia housing department sent me notice today that I am being fined for having a dirty oven: in the winter of 2003. I think that’s from the period when I was living with my abusive and criminal varsity hockey playing roommates.

The fine is $25, to be split between four long-dispersed (and two much despised) roommates, so the natural thing is just to pay it and be done with the matter. Even so, it strikes me as exceptionally odd that they would literally wait years to serve me with notice of such a thing. They want to be paid by May 5th.

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Kerrie April 22, 2006 at 7:36 pm

That is retarded! Don’t put up with that shit!

God, why I am still surprised when they do things like that!?

Milan April 22, 2006 at 8:30 pm


In principle, I agree. But it’s six bucks: not worth a fight.

Ben April 22, 2006 at 10:12 pm

I’d say send them a cheque dated from the time (Jan 2004) – perhaps they won’t be able to cash it any more!

(Though, no doubt you’re right. As much as this deserves some response, it probably isn’t worth it)

Milan May 4, 2006 at 11:42 am

For some reason, just as I was going to pay this assessment, I found this on the UBC Housing website: “There are no damage assessements in your account.”

Let’s hope this is the end of the odd experience.

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