A tribute to bureaucracy

Every city in the world has some quirks you have to get used to. No matter if it’s a specific kind of weather or the fact that a giant lizard ravages the place every few years, there’s always something you need some time to accept. With Vienna, it’s the structure of government. There’s a law for everything, described in 17 different statutes, further defined by two dozen edicts and executed by no less than three different departments. This all comes from the time when our Kaiser was still around, and has survived two world wars and four different kinds of administration. With the advent of the e-government, things are starting to look at little better, and there are real efforts to break the crust that 150 years of red tape have formed over the city, but still, when you see a sign like this one, it takes a few seconds to realize that it’s a joke:

“This seat is reserved for members of the federal government! Non-authorized persons will be fined up to 1000 Euros for improper use. Parents are liable for their children’s actions.”

Sadly, I am not able to translate the wonderfully imitated civil servant-ish German used on this sticker. Found on the lid of a toilet seat in the men’s restroom at the Phil.

3 Comments so far

  1. RokkerMur (unregistered) on June 27th, 2005 @ 9:28 am

    Wenn man sich auf ein Mitglied der Bundesregierung draufsetzt wird es noch teurer ;)

    Ich sitze lieber woanders:


  2. sam (unregistered) on June 28th, 2005 @ 1:13 am

    hey, ich war mal bei einem schauspieler workshop von der elfriede jelinek

  3. RokkerMur (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2005 @ 1:51 pm

    Bist zu beneiden.

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