Old Dragon Lady At Chiang Mai Immigration
That time of year again have to drag myself out of bed super early to go to the Chiang Mai Immigration office to get my Visa renewed for another year. This is now my 3rd year of an Ed Visa (Education) so it being my 3rd year of learning Thai I thought there would be questions asked or otherwise but instead I had this old dragon who completely lost it.
I get to the immigration office at 7am and I was the tenth person there, the first person a Thai lady was there first and she said she arrived at about 6:20am keep in mind they don't start serving numbers until about 9am. After a long wait as usual get my ticket and try to find a seat I yet again saw someone who didn't know what they were talking about. A young fellow English maybe asked this guy beside him how to get his name on the list (this is after the guy is already reading them out) he told the young fellow that he needed to go on the Chiang Mai immigration website and put his name there. If you havn't seen the website check it here. He even told the guy that he's put his name on their before to get his name in the book. I've never seen the immigration website work ever! The guy was probably just saying it so he could push in lol. I think it worked the young guy quickly left.
I was number 4 on the line and when I got called went straight to the desk of the immigration officer (if that's her job title at all) and sat their quietly just saying yes to any question she asked me. I could already tell this lady was a total bitch but hey I've never seen immigration officers in any country be at all friendly it's either the training or they only recruit total c*nts to work for them.
So she's saying sign here sign there blah blah blah, stamps the documents everything is in order even get a glimpse of a smile when she sees the report card from the school I go to like perhaps many schools don't even include it? Not sure. Then she says (all in English) that it'll all good but points to the paper for the 90 day report and says I should come 2 weeks before that date. (huh?). So I'm looking confused wondering why she would tell me to come 2 weeks before the date and she asks do you understand? I said I'm confused.
In an overly loud voice she calls to the guy at the next desk (last time it was with him he was ok) and says "แมงพูดดีๆก็ไม่เข้าใจอีก Geez I said it clearly and he still doesn't understand". So then staring right at me get's in my face and doubles the tone of her voice yet again and says "You come here before 2 weeks this date so you don't come often understand?".
I felt like saying "No you dip I don't understand and stop yelling at me b*tch!"
Obviously I'm here for a visa renewal and yelling back at a immigration officer would be just a really stupid thing to do I tried to keep cool. So for the first time I spoke Thai and simply asked "I still don't understand why you want me to come back 2 weeks before the date". This time I'm hoping she'll just speak Thai so I can actually understand what she's trying to tell me but that would be asking too much. First she says in Thai "ไรๆของมันไม่เข้าใจอีก what the hell is with this guy still doesn't understand".
Apparently it's OK for an Immigration officer at Chiang Mai Immigration to only speak Thai when they are telling off the Farang but otherwise speak English. So she repeats the same thing again in English as if I'm slow but now I'll get it and still the sentence she says doesn't make any sense and so when she asks yet again if I understand I say NO. In an even louder voice she is like almost screaming at me this time says in Thai "มาก่อน2อาทิตย์จะได้ไม่ต้องมาบ่อยจะได้ไม่ต่องเสียค่าปรัปถ้ามาช้า ".
This still makes no bloody sense and with a still very puzzled look on my face she says "มาหรือไม่มาแล้วแต่คุณเทอะ Come before or don't come it's up to you".
At this point I could care less what she is saying because I'm feeling very agitated by her yelling at me that I just want to leave before I scream back at dragon lady. I say "OK thank you". With a huff and a puff she tells me to wait outside for my passport.
So I get home and look at my passport to figure out what the hell she was talking about and on the Receipt of Notification she stamped the date at the top 18 May and on the stamp that reads "Please notify your address again" part she stamped 12 May. So what she was trying to tell me is she made a mistake on the stamps and to make sure I come before the date of the one she stamped properly. She didn't yell that out now did she!
On another note last year when I did this visa renewal thing they made me wait in a seperate area before some guy asked to talk to me and check my passport. He asked questions about why I was studying and how much I've studied but it seems that didn't happen this time or only sometimes. Maybe I got their on a lucky day because that process added another hour to the ordeal. They really are swamped down there and obviously need some help so people like dragon lady can work on her customer service.
Oh well another trip to the Chiang Mai Immigration such fun.