The other thing to bear in mind is purchasing a new TV.
Here in France we have licences too and when a person buys a new TV they are asked to give their name and address for a guarantee and payment is asked
for with a credit card.
I had a TV to buy for a friend who has a holiday home here and off I went to the store armed with cash.
When I went to pay for it, the assistant stared at the wad of readies I presented and then looked at the form which I thought was the guarantee. She
looked at me and I smiled.
For starters, she wanted me to pay with a credit card...I told her I don't have one and would like to pay with real money. I believed it was my right
and she reluctantly accepted. There were no conditions posted in the store to say otherwise, particularly for a TV.
She then began to ask me for personal details. I told her the TV was for a friend and that I wanted the guarantee in my friends name....she also
agreed to that, but when she asked me for the address, all I could tell her was the town. It's all I knew...she wouldn't accept "the house next to
the second hand shop"
I refused to give MY details.
After much discussion with her colleague (possibly the manager, don't know) they agreed they had no choice but to leave some of the details blank.
After all that grief, I then discover that the paperwork is for THEIR records, not part of the guarantee. The guarantee was seperate, needed no
personal details and was stapled to a standard till reciept given to me for use if there was a problem with the TV.
They are in league with the authorities gathering information for a database to act against anyone who doesn't have a current licence imo, and they
fool purchasers into thinking all the details they hand over are standard procedures when buying. Rubbish!
I hate TVs, I haven't owned one in over a decade and get great pleasure in ticking the box on my annual rates bill to say so. This also includes
having an ariel on the house even if you don't have a TV! A "reciever" has many possibilities and that is what they charge for.
The tax on my internet connection just went up too because TV can be recieved by a computer. HA! not out here in the sticks it can't but I still have
to pay the extra just like all the other victims. What a con.
Oh dear....I started to rant.
Chuck 'em out the window folks