10,000 incredibly inept people throw their passports in the bin every year.

April 26, 2011

Sympathy for the devil but no such compassion for the 10,000 people, who according to the UK’s Identity and Passport Service (IPS) thought it would be a good idea to throw their passport in the bin last year. Why I hear you ask? Why indeed. The ineptitude and careless abandon to passport mishap doesn’t end there obviously. A further 60,000 people saw it fit to lose their passport whilst on holiday.

On the back of research and careful analysis of passport replacement applications, the IPS, in a bid to stop the bleeding, has launched a campaign urging (yes, ‘urging’, not ‘asking’ because ‘asking’ wouldnt get the job done) people not to lose their passports. According to figures released into the wild, the past year has seen 162,500 men lose their passports and 112,00 women. Go ladies, you value the importance of your passport more than men.

Adding fuel to the fire of ineptitude, each passport replacement costs £77.50. Not a massive sum of money to many people but a months average wage in some African countries and a combined waste of £21,273,750 per year on lost passports. You could build a hospital. A school. A health centre. A rehab clinic. Buy an average English footballer. If people would just stop throwing their passports into the sea.

Identity theft. A reason not to lose your passport? Probably. How about the money? Good reason? How about the annoyance of having to organise a replacement? Going to the embassy, contacting your officials? Are all of these things combined enough to make the average human put their passport somewhere safe?

Going on holiday is nice but the impending return travel cannot be achieved without a passport and so, consequently, it is something that, barring the laws of physics, you should keep an eye on. Don’t give it away, don’t throw it in the sea, don’t give it a strange man at the airport when he asks if he can hold your suitcase for a while. Don’t give him your suitcase either, that would be careless. But people are inept and they do such things; it has been highlighted at Take The Blame™ many times before and will continue to be. For this case, we take the blame for the waste of time and money that 10,000 jetisoned passports brings.

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2 Responses to 10,000 incredibly inept people throw their passports in the bin every year.

  1. Dawson on April 28, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Just wondering, is that supposed to read 11,200 women lost their passports? If so, that disparity is absolutely ridiculous, what’s going on guys?

    How can so many people just lose a passport? I can see it getting stolen perhaps, but LOSING it?? If you are only taking the blame for 10,000 jetisoned passports I think the UK is in trouble, you’ve still got another 170,000 to go. :-/

  2. thechef on April 29, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    112,000 women lost their passport and 162,500 men lost theirs. So the men are edging it at the moment. Its not all lost though, women just have to try harder.

    We are only taking the blame for the 10,000 passports which were actually thrown in the bin as this is the pinnacle of the iceberg of ineptness.

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