Bureaucratic Paranoia

How paranoid is to waste 5 potentialy productive work hours just to have your health booklet stamped in order to be valid for the new year? How irrational is to stand in a queue for 5 hours out in the cold from 9am to 2pm while you could be working? How good does it feel to have a priority ticket with No 644 and 223 people in front of you? I don’t know what you would have done in a similar situation, I just had my camera with me and took some pictures.

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Kingston? No, Athens

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Smurf

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Haute coiffure

4 different alphabets, 2 different ladies and a 5 euro haircut

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Bored Vespa girl

For Mary

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Chairman

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Morning cigarette

One of too many to follow

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Stan and Ollie

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Waiting ciggy

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Forgotten

“We make and repair all kinds of chairs”

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Valentine’s Day

Romanians in Athens

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Aesthetics

This building could be an ornament in this grey area. Instead, an ugly sign (Funerals) and an air-conditioner kill it. No one cares.

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Another one

Hoping that his turn comes before he dies

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A puma and a dog

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And another one

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Public sector employee

My turn had come to get inside the building and get my booklet stamped.

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Fighting with the beast

…of bureaucracy. These papers need to be filled. Yeah, but how?

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26 Responses to Bureaucratic Paranoia

  1. Mary says:

    Well now I know what I would do: I’d give you my ticket and a camera and send YOU to the post office :D :D
    The idea of a booklet for prescriptions that has to be renewed every year is crazy. In Italy there is a health insurance card that works also as fiscal code card http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italian_health_insurance_card
    But the queues for stamp duties are crazy here too, not to mention the COST of stamp duty!
    You did a great reportage though, interesting and effective!

    • Stamatis Gr says:

      Our society is full of crazy. antiproductive ideas which have survived only to torture us.
      Sometimes it feels like living in the medieval age.

  2. Krunal says:

    wonderful shots there, loved all the shots. In the Kingston? No Athens shot, I almost felt it was India with the Indian film actors’ pics in the background.

    Great stuff, love your work

  3. Yiwei Peng says:

    Never been there before, your great shots give me a good reason to visit! :)

  4. Steppeland says:

    Great set, Stamatis… yeah, good we have our camera to keep us sane! ;)

  5. Anonymous says:

    good set,

  6. Anja says:

    Love the Chairman and Dog & Puma…
    Great set! And don’t you think it’s only Greece that has ridiculous ideas to keep it’s citizens busy with wasting time – I could tell you a few Austrian stories as well!

  7. Nuno Canha says:

    Great set, Stam!
    And no waisted time!

  8. I just found your blog – these photos are wonderful. I can appreciate your health booklet struggle. I was living on a small island when we had to get mine and it involved trips to 2 other islands plus multiple hotel stays and ferry tickets – it ended up costing over €300 just to get it issued. Luckily we moved to Komotini so now we just stand in line with everyone else. :)

    • Stamatis Gr says:

      Only someone who has gone through this madness can really appreciate my pictures :D
      I’ve spent 2 summer vacations in Maronia, 30 kms south of Komotini. Lovely place!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Πολύ καλή δουλειά Σταμάτη!

  10. dave beaty says:

    another great set of shots Stam!

  11. kingmouf says:

    I think morning cigarette is the best of the series Stam!

    Μετά μιλάνε για χαμηλή αποδοτικότητα… Ναι πώς να αποδώσεις όταν έχεις φάει τόσες ώρες για μια απλή βλακεία και όταν έχεις συχτυρίσει τόσες φορές στη πορεία;;

    • Stamatis Gr says:

      5 ώρες για 3 σφραγίδες…παράνοια!
      τουλάχιστον είχα την κάμερα μαζί, αλλιώς θα είχα σαλτάρει :D
      σ’ ευχαριστώ για την επίσκεψη και το σχόλιο Αντρέα!

  12. Doug says:

    That would drive me nuts and I don’t even know what a health booklet is! You would think you could just do it online, but that’s too easy for the bureaucratic mind ;-)
    Not a wasted day though – you got some good shots!! :)

    • Stamatis Gr says:

      A health booklet is the thing a doctor writes you prescriptions on.
      Yes, it could be done on-line. Yes, our health system sucks! big time! :D

  13. Pelle says:

    I love smurf and bored vespa girl! Class A pics in my book. I have seen morning cigarette in one of my street picks! Obviously a lookalike situation…

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