As some of you know, bird flu has been discovered in Germany. One of the measures is that the authorities have asked the population to report sightings of dead birds to the local police department ASAP. Now, my mum found two dead birds next to our house earlier today. It was a public sidewalk and many people walk past it, esp. to pick up their kids from school (who then walk past that spot on their way back) and to take their dogs for a walk (who, of course, sniff around the dead birds.) So my mum calls the coppers. They redirect her to the fire department The fire department gave her a phone number...which doesn't exist She then attempts to call a police department in a neighbouring village. They are not interested!! So eventually, after spending 2.5 hours on the phone (and according to my sister, dozens of people have walked past there, dogs been mauling them etc.) she eventually gets through to some veterinarian in the state capital. She intervenes and eventually a police car does show up. Here comes the best bit. They use throw away gloves to put the dead birds into a plastic bag(!!!), then they spend a half hour giving my mother grief about "wasting police resources on a public holiday" In the end they got so rude, that they earned themselves a racism charge for calling my mum a "bloody crazy foreigner woman." WTF!?! Now, I'm not one to panic about bird flu. But then again, I don't have two dead birds lying on my doorstep. What a pathetic country it is. Their mentality drives me up the walls.