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Paw-print signature puzzles public officials

TT/David Landes · 24 Sep 2010, 07:57

Published: 24 Sep 2010 07:57 GMT+02:00

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The municipality, which encompasses a number of islands in the Stockholm archipelago, administers a fund which provides subsidies to residents who are current or former employees of the Gustavsberg porcelain factories, a major employer in the area since the mid-1800s.

Officials recently received three applications for economic support, two of which were quickly judged to fulfill the necessary requirements for a payout, the local Nacka Värmdö Posten (NVP) newspaper reports.

But the third application, signed with a paw print, gave the reviewers pause.

Taking a closer look at the document, they understood that a local four-legged friend was asking for subsidies to help cover the costs of a dog sitting service, commonly known as ‘doggie daycare’ (hunddagis).

“The application was very creative,” municipality worker Anna Nerelius told the newspaper.

“But we can’t grant money to a dog.”

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While the paw-signed application was ultimately rejected, Nerelius explained that, had the dog’s owner had signed the forms, the funding request would have likely been approved.

TT/David Landes (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

08:36 September 24, 2010 by calebian22
For a moment while reading this my hopes that a bureaucratic Swede had a sense of humor were raised. Sadly that hope was dashed at the end.
10:13 September 24, 2010 by Streja
calebian, if they had no sense of humour why did they publish the whole thing?
16:35 September 24, 2010 by calebian22
Realizing someone is being creative is a long ways from appreciating the humor.
17:45 September 24, 2010 by Streja
You just don't understand subtle humour.

The comments are dry. Imagine the faces.

Bah why bother. You probably only like slapstick.
20:09 September 24, 2010 by calebian22
Sure thing Streja.
12:06 September 27, 2010 by freecommentator
Please, kids, don't quarrel about it. I am sure the dog did it himself, for he was tired of waiting his master's initiative. And certainly the dog has more sense of humor than Ms. Nerelius!
10:45 September 28, 2010 by CameraMan
I think a bigger issue is being ignored here...if there exists a fund which provides subsidies to current or former employees of the Gustavsberg porcelain factories then it's clear they are not paying a decent, living-wage. Why should the tax payer once again step in to relieve a corporation's shortcomings?
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