Just Now (kind of a long story, I will try to shorten):
I have a small open bed trailer. I haven’t used in a long time, so I’ve decided to sell it.
I don’t have paperwork ( title or registration - longer story ), so they need to he replaced. To avoid going to a government ...building, I go to a private business that does title and registration for vehicles.
It’s finally my turn.
Once I give the clerk my drivers license and explain my situation………
Clerk: I’ll need title and registration
Me: As I just told you, I’m here for a duplicate title and registration because I don’t have the originals.
Clerk: Fine, please give me your registration and I can look up your information.
Me: I don’t have a copy of my registration. As I’ve said, I’m here for a duplicate.
Clerk: That’s fine, let me see the title and I can use that.
Me: Ma’am, once again, I don’t have either.
Clerk: Fine. When did you buy the trailer?
Me: Wow, I don’t know. It was a long time ago.
Me: Um, I really don’t know so this is only a guess. Maybe 1996 ?
Me: No, what?
Clerk (looking at her computer): You didn’t buy a trailer in 1996. Does 2006 ring a bell ?
Me: Not really, why ?
Clerk: How many trailers do you own?
Clerk : How many trailers have you bought?
Clerk: How many trailers have you bought lifetime?
Clerk: Well you didn’t buy a trailer in 1996, but you did buy one in 2006
Me: Well then, that’s the one!
Clerk: You said 1996
Me: No, I said I didn’t know and you told me to guess. I guessed 1996.
Clerk: Well, the only trailer I see in your records is a trailer you purchased in 2006.
Me: If I said I’ve only bought one, I only own one, I’ve only ever owned one, let’s assume that’s the one.
Clerk: What color is it ?
Clerk: Ok, I guess that’s the one
I eventually am able to pay for a duplicate registration, but was unable to get a title during this visit.
Are you still with me? Are you willing and / or interested in reading the next interaction?
Today, at the same place I meet with the guy who wants to buy my trailer. We meet so I can sign over the trailer to him.
We sit down with a different clerk. I explain EVERYTHING, and then ask her what we need to do to conclude this transaction.………..
Clerk (to me): You can’t sell the trailer without the title. So you will need to buy a duplicate title. If you pay the basic charge, the title will be mailed to you in 7 - 10 days. Or, you can pay for an expedited title, and you can have it at 8:00 am tomorrow morning.
Me: I can’t sell the trailer without having the paper title in hand ?
Clerk: That’s correct.
Me: So either getting the title in 7 - 10 days or tomorrow, we still have to come back here one more time?
Clerk: Yes, you will need to come back when you have your title.
Me: If I pay to expedite, how on earth could I get it tomorrow by 8 in the morning ?
Clerk: Because that’s when we open
Me: I don’t understand. Where is the expedited title sent? Here?
Clerk: No, it’s not sent here. We can print it for you tomorrow morning when we open.
Me: If you’re going to print it here tomorrow morning, can you just print it now ?
Clerk: No. We are not allowed to do that. We have to wait 24 hours.
Me: That’s not true.
Clerk: What do you mean ?
Me: 8 am tomorrow is less than 18 hours from right now.
Clerk (laughing): Yeah, I guess that’s true.
Me: So can you print it today ?
Clerk: No, I can print it in 24, I mean 18 hours
^^^^^^ That is seriously the short version of what happened, but it is completely accurate.
So, tomorrow morning I’m headed back again, for the third time to hopefully finish this clusterf**k