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From little victories over your bank manager to epic wins over the law - tell us how you've put one over authority. Right on, kids!

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(, Thu 17 Jun 2010, 16:01)
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A ltter two teh ferrys
As it's Fathers Day, I think I should treat you to the tale of when my dad finally swallowed his pride and asked me for help. There's two things you should know prior to this story: 1. My father and I get along like kittens and a lawnmower. I've undergone 22 years of physical and psychological hell at his hands, only staying because a bunch of Tories got together 30 years ago and decided to make it impossible for me to get a place of my own while simultaneously affording luxuries such as gas, electricity and food. We exchange maybe two sentences a month. 2. Helen Keller could write a better letter than my father. Anyway, here we go....*wavy lines*

A few months back, the rest of the Badger family are off on a day trip to France. I'm not invited. After doing their bit of shopping and whatnot, they go to head back on the ferry. The bloke at the stall points out that my Dad, somehow, misbooked the tickets to state he'd be coming back a month later, not the same day. It's a choice of spending a month in France, or coughing up £80 to rectify the error. They choose the latter. The next day, Dad is at the computer writing a letter, giggling. He prints it off and shows it to my mother with pride, going on about how 'the bastards will pay'. She goes to the kitchen, tears welling up. Me being a curious chap, I take a look when he's not about. Below is the gist of the message:

'Dear Sir:

We booked a ticket with your company on [this day], aiming to come back the same day. I realise now that my wife must have made a mistake as I have never gotten it wrong myself in the past, and we were charged 80 quid to come back. Clearly she shouldn't have been allowed to book the tickets herself because she's dyslexic. If you give me my money back we'll call it even.

Thank you

Mr Badger'

'Well,' I thought 'I think I know how this is going to end.' Sure enough, a week later a letter arrives telling Dad in as many words that a) it was his own silly fault b) his letter was incredibly sexist and c) stop wasting their time. Faster than I could say 'I told you so', the letter is thrust upon me and I'm told that I'm far better qualified to do this than he is, so why don't I stop smirking and solve this problem myself. Yes, where I come from, that's the closest I've gotten to my father passing the torch. I got to work:

'To whom it may concern,

I am writing in regards to the aforementioned letter from my father in dispute of the additional charge incurred at his own ineptitude. I would like to apologise for the ill-mannered and sheer incompetence in which he addressed you. Clearly, he was in the wrong, and made a laughing stock of himself under the misguided ideal of redemption. However, to pin the problem on the dyslexia of his wife of 25 years when the fault was in reality his own, is barbaric at least. We don't want the £80 back, but would you please reply consoling my mother that the guilt shouldn't be hers?


Foxy Badger'

I didn't expect to hear anything back. A fortnight later, I get a letter from the company.

'Dear Foxy,

Attached is a cheque for £80, addressed to you. Buy your mother something nice. There's nothing wrong with being dyslexic.'

We went out for a fancy meal with the rest of the family. Dad wasn't invited. In reflection, I feel rather fluffy.
(, Sun 20 Jun 2010, 17:12, 21 replies)
i like this
(, Sun 20 Jun 2010, 17:21, closed)
(, Sun 20 Jun 2010, 17:22, closed)
Oh I do like this one.
Your dad sounds a bit of a cock, mind you.
(, Sun 20 Jun 2010, 17:22, closed)
is really lovely of them.
(, Sun 20 Jun 2010, 17:46, closed)
That is rather nice
Clickage and best wishes to your mother
(, Sun 20 Jun 2010, 17:55, closed)
What an awesome story! :D

(, Sun 20 Jun 2010, 17:57, closed)
I think we have a winner here, ladies and gents.

(, Sun 20 Jun 2010, 18:04, closed)
Also for "get along like kittens and a lawnmower.
(, Sun 20 Jun 2010, 19:15, closed)
well played , well played. I hope you father ate moldy smmiches for dinner!
(, Sun 20 Jun 2010, 19:24, closed)
Ace man. truly, your dad - I think he is beyond words.
(, Sun 20 Jun 2010, 19:32, closed)
Thank you, I needed a laugh
(, Sun 20 Jun 2010, 20:17, closed)
If you got rid of the linebreaks, I'd like this a lot more

(, Sun 20 Jun 2010, 20:46, closed)

I don't know

what you're on

(, Sun 20 Jun 2010, 22:20, closed)
I disagree
I think the line breaks in this instance are justified as the formatting indicates the sections where Foxy is quoting the letters sent back and forth. Now call me a cunt. ONLINE.
(, Sun 20 Jun 2010, 22:55, closed)
Readability is your friend.
(, Sun 20 Jun 2010, 23:20, closed)
Thanks for that!


(Mind you, I thought it was readable anyway and the line breaks justified).

Good website though, thanks.
(, Mon 21 Jun 2010, 7:45, closed)
Suck my linebreaks, format nerd.

(, Mon 21 Jun 2010, 2:49, closed)

Definitely a nice story, though as a massive pedant this has really been bothering me; ill-mannered what?
(, Mon 21 Jun 2010, 0:57, closed)
I like this. Muchly.

(, Mon 21 Jun 2010, 11:25, closed)
Click for superbness...
...and also the mental images of white(/red) kittens entering(/leaving) a lawnmower.
(, Mon 21 Jun 2010, 12:25, closed)

(, Mon 21 Jun 2010, 13:57, closed)
Excellent! *click*
*makes a note to gaz Foxy if I need a letter writing*
(, Mon 21 Jun 2010, 15:03, closed)

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