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caa206

  100 months ago

Are professional people that countersign your passport always reliable and trustworthy?
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supposedly so but my daughter's teacher has phoned to say she's lost ours!! oh, i'm so annoyed! and y'know just arrgghh!! i didn't put her on the spot when i asked her to do it. i phoned the office to see if anyone was willing so she had time to think about it and say no. when she didn't bring the form back the next day, i became worried but kept thinking it's only a day! my daughter asked her a few times, i went in to ask her. finally 3weeks later she says she's lost it as well as the photos. i'm also annoyed as it has all our details on it too, including my husband's and my passport details as it was for our daughter. i don't understand why it wasn't in her bag, done that night, brought back next day, is that not what you would have done? maybe she'll think twice when she says to a child, "how can you lose your homework?"!!! can you beat that for a funny comment to cheer me up?
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brigitte hurford

  99 months ago
It might be worth informing the Passport Office as if some unscrupulous person comes across your daughter's passport/photos etc ... it could be sold/used for 'criminal activities' ... I think the teacher should be apologising and trying to find the documents... It really is unacceptable .
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TiaJoanna

  99 months ago
How totally irresponsible of her and not telling you straight away was pretty bad too. Sorry I have no funny comments to help cheer you up.
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loverlass62

  99 months ago
I do not have a passport as i never go out of my country.
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scottie2hottie1

  99 months ago
Huh professional people as in Doctors like Doctor Harold Shipman ? or bankers like Bob Diamond (just the first that came to mind there are hundreds of other criminals I could have chosen) or Members of ParLIARment ? huh I cannot even begin to think of which one of those corrupt money grabbing sleaze bags to choose from.Looks like a lot of professional people are MORE untrustworthy than us plebs.Maybe in future rather than having to rely on having to get other people to sign documents than can trust us.
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janabrt09

  100 months ago
what an idiot, should she be in charge of a class at all
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MR M

  100 months ago
Oh I really do hope so. I suppose one has to put faith in professional people sometime.
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margaret556

  100 months ago
Now, that is a sad commentary on the world of professionals who have been supposedly groomed to be of assistance to the community as large, and more specifically, to those they are in personal contact with. "Do not" go to this woman for any other help in the future.
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yonni

  100 months ago
OH my Goodness! That isn't good at all. Had it been me then yes I would have done it straight away and brought it back the next day as I would be worried about losing it.
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deadwood

  100 months ago
Well I don't blame you for being annoyed about it, I would be annoyed too. But looking on the bright side, or trying to, perhaps the form will turn up at some point. To be honest, I don't understand how people manage to lose such important things and so I can only assume that she has not taken the necessary care with it. As you say, it should have been returned to you the day after. But teachers do have a lot of pieces of paper and it has probably got mixed up with some of her other stuff. I hope that it is found eventually.
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steppenwolf_a_558

  100 months ago
The whole countersignatory thing is, and aways has been, pretty pathetic really. There is a list available on Directgov, for example (http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Passports/Applicationinformation/DG_174151) but it specfically states that this isn't exhaustive, and really means that pretty much anybody who knows you can sign. It specifically includes pub landlords, anybody with an OBE and your postman.
I recall reading an essay about William Joyce (essentially he was executed for lying on a pasport application), in which a renowned lawyer from the 1940s mentioned that the list included JPs, doctors, lawyers, but ended with "&c.". In legal terms this means nothing, and he wondered what the passport office would do if you put down your occupaton as "&c.".
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