So, I thought about my historic letter to the English Queen. Thought I’d post it again… I also still have the decline-letter I received back from Buckingham Palace. The nicest decline-letter I ever got.
Thursday, November 8, 2008
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth
London SW1A 1AA
Your Royal Highness,
I would be honored if you would take a moment of your valuable time to read the story of a young traveller in England.
I try to be a good and patriotic citizen of The Netherlands, where sometimes I have the liberty of travelling to other countries.
Last June, on the 14th, I decided to travel to London, England.
I arrived early saturday morning at one of London’s lovely airports, named Stansted, where I rented a car from AVIS car rentals.
Despite the malfunctioning GPS system AVIS rented to me, I found my way into the centre of London perfectly.
I parked my car near the Dolphin hotel where I decided to stay and walked into the hotel to get change for the parking metre.
I must not have been away from the car for longer than 5 minutes.
When I arrived back at my car with the change for the parking metre I saw a penalty charge notice for 40 POUNDS on my front window.
I did not find that fair. I was away for only 5 minutes.
I talked to a Civil Enforcement Officer walking around in the area. He said I could sort everything out and all would be fine.
He told me to call the City of Westminster. So, I called the City of Westminster.
The nice lady on the telephone said I should write the City of Westminster. I wrote the City of Westminster the following wednesday. They wrote me back saying they would process my dispute.
I never heard from them again.
Not more than a month later AVIS debits my credit card 109,38 POUNDS. They write me the following:
“Please be kindly informed that we have paid this charge on your behalf and it has been added to your rental costs as per
our terms and conditions of rental, Clauses 6(d) and 2(f). We have debited your account accordingly.”
I call AVIS right away. They cannot help me with my problem.
AVIS tells me I have to go to the City Of Westminster. I write the City of Westminster.
They write me back weeks later:
“I have rejected your challenge because you are not the registered keeper of the vehicle.”
Fine. I go to you, the Queen. You must have some kind of control over these people. Can you get me my money back?
To this end, and if you can not get me my money back, I would like to volunteer for a title of some sort. Nothing dramatic like a baron or duke, but a nice knighthood would suit me just fine!
If you feel I am worthy, just send the appropriate paperwork or whatever (I’m not really sure how this works).
I would love to sign this letter “Your humble subject,” but until my titles arrive “sincerely” will have to do.
Luke C.J. Kiers