CUBA’S BUREAUCRACY NIGHTMARE
Many say that Cuba’s bureaucracy is the largest and most damaging part of our government, and based on my experiences over the past few days, I agree. For the past few weeks my life has been filled with letters, stamps, and seals, just like that of many Cubans. A few months ago I decided to quit my job with the Cuban government because I no longer felt good with my work, or with my coworkers. That’s when my problems started.
First, they made me feel as if I was doing something wrong, that I was at fault for not continuing to go along. Then the problem was I had quit, and not been fired, and this placed an undue burden on a system that is used to being the one that makes the decisions, and is not used to dealing with decisions made by others. Letters and documents signed and stamped to ensure their legitimacy, government bureaucrats that don’t know you or the circumstances that led to your decison, but who can endlessly request forms.
Then the usual peloteo, which roughly translates to “bouncing ball,” and refers to the custom of being referred from one government worker to the other, always searching in vain for the “one” who is actually capable of finally clearing up your issue. But this person never appears.
Then there’s the wait, a two sentence letter with all of the necessary stamps and seals may take two weeks, and then you may wait two weeks for the letter that the last one now authorizes you to request. All to quit a job that paid me the equivelent of $25 US a month.
I don’t want to deal with paperwork, or hear any more non-sense!
I’m still waiting, and apparently will continue to wait.