I got rid of my TV years ago. In Ireland you have to pay an annual TV license fee. An Post sends out regular enforcement letter to homes that do not have a TV License. At first I was kind of annoyed about the rather threatening letters, but as time has gone on I just have fun making ridiculously friendly and goofy replies.
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Date: Wed, 3 Jun 2009 11:02:27 +0100 From: Kevin Lyda To: Dublin TV Licence Subject: Account number XXXXXXXXXX Dear [Name Withheld]: This email is in regards to your letter of 26 April 2009 in which you reference account number XXXXXXXXXX. You state that I face a number of fines if I lack a TV license. You also state that an inspector stopped by and left a card of some sort. Several years ago I informed your office that I don't have a TV or anything that can receive a TV signal. Furthermore I work - usually leaving my flat at 7am and getting home around 8 or 9pm. Which is why I don't have a "TV, aerial, dish or TV enabled computer" in my flat and is also why your inspector seems unable to contact me. If the inspector would like to stop by he is free to ring me at 086 817 2934 and arrange a time. With planning I can work from home some days - which means the inspector would have all day to stop by. Since I apparently have an account number, is there any way you could arrange to have this information filed with that account number? And if you must send future correspondence, perhaps in lieu of letters about fines and legal proceedings you could politely ask if my circumstances have changed and if I've purchased a TV. Thanks for your time, Kevin ---------------- Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2009 10:03:24 +0100 From: Dublin TV Licence To: Kevin Lyda Subject: RE: Account number XXXXXXXXXX Dear Kevin Thank you for your e-mail. An Post are required, by law,t o check from time to time whether any address that does not have a current tv licence on record is in possession of a tv set. I appreciate that when there is no set at the address, as in your case, this can be annoying but we are required to check at least once a year. However, I have taken note that there is no set at the address. Incidentally, tv licence inspectors don't make appointments to call - that would give people who have a tv set a chance to hide it during a visit, so they have to be spot checks. Thanks again [Name Withheld]
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Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 09:23:31 +0000 From: Kevin Lyda To: Galway TV Licence Subject: Still no TV... Dear [Name Withheld], Hi again. This is in reference to your letter dated 09/03/2017 (ref XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXX). We last corresponded in October 2016 (ref XXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXX) where I informed you that I still lack a TV. That hasn't changed. You do note that a TV license inspector stopped by which is odd. While I'm not home 24/7, I do work from home. It is weird that we keep missing each other. Anyway, hope all is well. Please make a note of my lack of a TV. Also, I highly recommend the Escape Pod science fiction podcast. Check it out sometime. Have a nice day, Kevin ---------------- Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:28:17 +0000 From: Galway TV Licence To: Kevin Lyda Subject: RE: Still no TV... Dear Kevin, Many Thanks. I have noted your e/mail, and our Inspector will revisit to confirm. [Name Withheld] Tv Licence Records Office An Post Galway
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Date: Tue, 03 Oct 2017 13:49:19 +0000 From: Kevin Lyda To: Galway TV Licence Subject: No TV... Dear [Name Withheld], This is in reference to your letter dated 30/09/2017 (ref. XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXX). We last corresponded on 09/03/2017 (ref XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXX) where I informed you that I still have no TV. That situation has still not changed. I am aware of the law and if I ever purchase a TV I will most definitely purchase a license. As I've mentioned in previous correspondence I'm often home on weekday business hours. And in spite of your commitment of an inspector visit, none have yet appeared. Though obviously in the past month there's been a desperate chest infection going around. Even got a dose myself a few weeks ago. Hopefully your inspectors get flu shots - I was clearly a bit slow in getting mine. Please let them know they are always more than welcome and that I was asking after them. Do note that the biscuits I purchased for the occasion last March have unfortunately expired but I shall try to remember to replace them. Lastly is it possible to to send these TV License Notices electronically? While I do so enjoy these biannual conversations, it honestly would be a bit easier for me if I didn't have to type the reference numbers in. I worry that I might get them wrong and don't want to mess up your records. Yours, etc. Kevin Lyda ---------------- Date: Thu, 5 Oct 2017 11:03:35 +0000 From: Galway TV Licence To: Kevin Lyda Subject: RE: No TV... Dear Kevin, Many Thanks. I will post you a Statutory Declaration for completion confirming you still have no tv set. Please return this in the accompanying envelope. No it is not possible at present to send the notices electronically. [Name Withheld] Tv Licence Records Office An Post Galway