Wednesday, August 18, 2010

That will be 25¢, please.

Went with Son2 to the DMV this morning. Time to get that official state ID card, since he doesn't drive and have a flashy driver's license to prove he exists. And my dread was just how long it would take. The DMV, at least in CT, is not known for being speedy. People die and wither away just waiting in line at that place.

But I have to admit, they were quick today! We were in and out in less than 30 minutes - ID in hand with a pretty decent photo as a bonus.

But one thing had changed since my last visit.

The entire purpose of the DMV is forms. People filling out forms. Signing forms. Bringing forms from home that allow them to get new forms to be filled out. Forms.

And what do you need for all those forms? Something to write with. The usual pen-on-a-chain kind of thing glued to every counter top in the place.

There were no pens. No dangling chains where pens used to be. In fact, the most basic tool needed to actually accomplish your reason for going to the DMV has vanished.

In its place? Vending machines. Multiple vending machines selling cheaply made pens for 25¢. Yep, you gotta buy a pen to fill out all those forms.

I'm all about saving money, cutting budgets, reducing overhead. But seriously...shouldn't an agency that is all about forms at least have the necessary implements for dealing with those forms?

Just saying.

6 comments:

Jazz said...

They are SELLING pens? for $0.24? Why not an even quarter? And do they get THAT many pens stolen that the DMV will go broke? WTF?!?

Em said...

My bad...typo..yes, it was really 25¢. LOL

Mrs. Chili said...

I'm an English teacher; I always have a writing implement (often many, and in various colors) within my reach. If I start charging my students for every time I gave them a pen or pencil, I bet the revenue would exceed my salary...

Cocotte said...

We did the same thing in January, knowing that we'd be flying a few times this year and you have to have a photo ID if you are 18 now.

Charging for pens is just outrageous!

secret agent woman said...

That's nuts. But you know, you could go and sell pens there for 20 cents...

Tanya @ TeenAutism said...

Unbelievable!