U.S. embassy engages in highway robbery, sigh
I needed to get some legal documents notarized at the U.S. embassy (no other notary here would suffice) this morning and got a real shock. It seems they charge an exorbitant fee for each pen-stroke the notary makes. I needed the notary to put his John Hancock on two places on a piece of paper — that is a fee of $50/U.S. per signature. There was an extra fee for him to press his seal onto that bit of paper proving that he had, indeed, signed his John Hancock. Yes, I sat waiting more than two hours past my appointment time for him to spend about 30 seconds to do his business and I was charged the equivalent of 450 shekels –that is more than my monthly food budget –for his 30 seconds of ‘hard labour.’ Something is so not right with this picture.