The saga continues…
When we last saw our hero, he was knee deep in nastro rosso and fighting his way towards the tourism office in Catanzaro.
Scene IV: APT Tourism Office in Catanzaro
“Here you go, sir. All of our invoices and receipts for the construction, new furniture, linens, etc. etc. etc…”
Tourism Man: “Oh, yea…about that. You can only use “new” receipts – things you spent after you opened. The old ones aren’t eligible.”
“But, you are the one who told me what to do.”
Tourism Man: “Yes, I know. But, you can make up new receipts and just pay the VAT again.”
“Did the law change?”
Tourism Man: “No.”
“Well, then why did you tell me to go ahead last year?”
Tourism Man (shrugs): “This is just the law, Sir.”
After dealing with defected coffee machines, phantom phone calls, and misspelled city names, he called it a morning.
We discussed the situation and attempted to play the Glad Game.
“Well,” I said. “We can buy another coffee machine to use at the B&B now, and then we will have it when we finish the new house.”
“That’s what I was thinking,” he agreed.
Problem #1 – Settled!
“We’ll go finish up that stuff with the Questura on Monday…It’s not a big deal,” I promised.
Problem #2 – Done!
“You got the marriage certificate in the end, right?!? So, that worked out.”
“Yes.” Then, he added, “The guy was even nice.”
Problem #3 – Not even a problem!
“So…no money, eh?” I asked glumily.
“Wow. I think I am going to cry…” I warned him.
“That’s 20 thousand euros. I’m in shock!”
“No, sweetie. It was 22 thousand euros.”
“I guess we know where the buck stops, huh?”
“Yep. Right in front of us!”