By Clauric - 24/03/2010 12:11 - Ireland

Today, the passport office informed me I won't get my passport in time to go on holidays. However, they took the money for the passport out of my account 2 months ago, causing me to go overdrawn, and not pay my travel insurance. The same insurance I needed to get the cost of the holiday back. FML
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you clearly can't afford a vacation if your account went overdrawn before you even got all your affairs handled. ydi for living outside of your means

well if you planned it right you would have had money for both. ydi

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well if you planned it right you would have had money for both. ydi

I have passports for 6 countries. yay me!!

sell apples. you will thank me for this one day

poor money management

yeah I know. who doesn't look up the time it takes to do these things. plus you could have always rushed it for like 20 dollars

Actually at the moment in the passport office in Ireland there is a "go slow" on (Unions vs Government) so people are having to wait unusually long times to get passports. But when news of this breached there was an unusual ammount of requests for passports. This FML is real.

Actually, expedited service is $60. If you could visit the regional office/passport agency, same day issuance is possible. You just need to show them an itineary that proves you're leaving the country in 14 days or less/ 30 days or less if you need to apply for visa

sorry, my info is for the US passport

Contact your local Congressman's office. They have the power to expadite the process, tell them about your case and explain the extrenuating circumstances of how you need your passport to travel in the upcoming months.

haha 18 u remind me of this sarcastic know it all i know...

the only way you can get a passport in this country at the moment is if someone has died

I call fake. First off having lived and worked abroad for almost 12 years and holding passports for both Canada and the UK I have rarely encountered a two month plus turn-around on passports. Second for a fee any passport can be "rushed"

Third, the same process that allowed them to take their money causing an overdrawn account would have allowed your insurance payment to go through, since if your account doesn't allow a negative balance your passport fee would have been rejected outright. Finally if you have that little money you can't afford a vacation holiday anyway so ultimately if this crap is true, they did you a favour. Really!!

Well in Ireland there is a strike in the passport office at the minute and there are huge delays on all travel documentation so it's plausible in that regard.

you obviously haven't heard of the public sector strikes in Ireland at the moment and the chaos the passport office had Bern causing this week.

see post 51 and also accounts do allow negative balance, ever heard of an overdraft.

ydi for not planning further ahead.

Don't they repeatedly stress NOT to book any vacations until you've received your passport on the application documents?

2 months should be more than enough time to receive your travel documents in fairness, there is a strike at the minute in Ireland however which has caused silly huge delays so it's not all that reasonable to say the OP didn't plan ahead.

Yeah, but the insurance part was his fault. He knew he had to pay both. Actually he was in luck there: the travel insurance wouldn't have paid in this case anyway, it has extremely limited scope. So he ended up saving a little bit of money.

So you all know, there's currently a big strike going on in the passport office, here in Ireland. It's been going on for three months, and I know loads of people who have missed weddings and funerals thanks to this. FYL, dude.

ydi for not preparing months ahead.

I didn't know about the passport office work action. That does raise the chances of this being less of a fake, but my other points remain.

Not really. For instance, if OP had 50 in his/her account and they debited 60 for the passport, that would have overdrawn the account. After that, any transaction would've probably rejected.

fyl, but you should really get a passport situation straightened out about 6 months in advance. they like to take their sweet ass time. not to say you didn't, especially after Reading that comment about that strike in Ireland. but still!

I feel your pain, OP. I've also been incredibly lucky with my passport.

you clearly can't afford a vacation if your account went overdrawn before you even got all your affairs handled. ydi for living outside of your means

It's poor money management no matter how you look at it. But we've all been there! FYL OP