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Saturday, August 13, 2005

Why Atlanta is like Mexico, but without good food and rubber stamps

The only way to initiate water service at a residence is to go to one small office in downtown Atlanta with no public parking nearby and wait for 30 minutes to see a city employee between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. M-F.

(I would hate to see the line at lunchtime when harried workers try to get their service taken care of while government employees get cranky from lack of food. Or, more likely, they go eat and leave people in line.)

This is true even if: 1. you've already had water service with the city and can provide an account number in good standing and 2. the water is currently turned on at the residence in the landlord's name.

You wait 30 minutes to see someone for less than 5 who doesn't even give you any kind of receipt to prove you were there and requested service. At least in Mexico they would be officious enough to give you a form with 3 rubber stamps to prove you visited the office. And, in Mexico they would have made a big show of asking for my identification, which according to Atlanta rules is required, though no one ever asked to see it.

posted by Michelle @ 9:16 PM,


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