Saturday, 15 January 2011

"The police wants to speak to you"

When I arrived home after work Monday evening, a bright orange note on the doormat caught my attention more than the late Christmas card lying beside it. The note had the logo of the police, and said that the police wanted to urgently get in touch with me. There was a name, Peter, and telephone numbers, but no surname or about what they wanted to speak to me.

It was fancily worded and I actually did not know what it said at first, although I did understood the general message. My mind were doing loops. What had I done wrong? Had I listened to audio books too loud? Had the neighbours reported me? I have no car, or even a driver's license, so it could not be traffic related. Had someone complained due to the building noise, the night time drilling in concrete walls, thinking it was me? It isn't me!! It's the bloody upstairs neighbour! Or maybe it is information about a crime committed by some neighbour that I ought to know about? Or wanting my witness statement? WHAT COULD IT BE?

I did realise that this was a matter which would not go away if I ignored it, and so while waiting for H to reply to my message asking what the fancy words meant, I called one of the numbers listed. I got an answering machine so left my work number and name there, expecting the mysterious nameless Peter to call back.

That he did, of course a few hours after I had forgotten all about it, so I got all stressed again.
His first words, "Yeees. So. You have been sued, by someone in Norway. Do you know what it is about?"

At those words, I did. My sister! <3 So all is well, and I happily signed the papers when he dropped by to leave me my copy. Unless I do something everything will be as I want. It is just unlucky that in the Nordic countries you have to sue your family members to get paternity formally accepted... In my opinion it takes up alot of expensive man hours in various branches of public service organisations that could spend their hours in more valuable pursuits. But since it works the same way in several countries, I presume they find it a functioning solution.

4 comments:

  1. No, my big sister sued the rest of the siblings to have our youngest sister acknowledged legally. Paternity issues where the father is no longer alive. About half of us gave blood for a DNA test to prove it.

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  2. Didn't know the laws are like that. Good luck with your cas >:)

    Cold As Heaven

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  3. No real issue there - unless any of us objects the decision is automatic. :)

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Be nice!