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Bank issues

My first pay cheque
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You think the banking system is the same all over the world. OK, maybe not so the same in India or Uganda but in Europe all the banks use the same method to transfer money from one account to the other. Right? We discovered that’s not the case.

We started to become superstitious about the French banking system when we went shopping on a Saturday at a large Carrefour. In our lane right in front of us a family had piled up their caddie (shopping cart) and when the sweet caissière finally bleeped all 241 items, they grabbed their paychecks.

“You mean those paper receipts we used in the 80’s of last century?”
“Hell yeah, those!”

Without even a glimpse of embarrassment they copied the total costs hand written on a check and handed it over to the cashier. She stamped it and the shopping were paid. Deal done.

This all looks quite innocent. But what do you do when you have to transfer large amounts of money? Like when you want to buy a kitchen? Believe it or not: a paycheck does it all. And that’s where it really went wrong.

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Let’s be more concrete.

These last two weeks were a bit –I don’t know– scary? The work is progressing, but there’s still no official news from any government, either about the building permit or the septic tank. So, we guess we can continue what we’re doing without a permit. Even though they cannot do us any more harm, it still feels a bit odd.

The exciting news is Stephane has started working on the concrete floors all around the house. There will be new floors in the restrooms downstairs and in the laundry room in the basement, plus three bathroom units on the first floor.

The sad news is Jamal gave up and is breaking his contract, leaving the plant way too early and leaving his work unfinished. Apparently Stephane found Greg and has hired him to be Jamal’s replacement.

Base for the Restrooms

Base for the Restrooms

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