The never ending saga of a broken nose in the Czech Republic

So I got an email today from the Czech police. Here it is in full:

My colleague constable Mr Zeman asked me to write you that he needs to take minutes of examination of a witness ( your bodily assault before Christmas)
The translator is able to come only on 29.4. at 14.30. so Mr Zeman asks you to come to the police station in Pastýřská Street 3, Liberec
My colleague will contact you at work ( English Department ) on Monday or Tuesday
Have a nice weekend

Now, I don’t know what this “examination of a witness” business is all about, but I don’t like the sound of it. Then I got a call from my boss saying that the police called her and told her that I had to go to the police station. I teach during the time when I am supposed to go to the station, so I had to go to my boss’s office so we could arrange something. While I was in there she told me that this Constable Mr. Zeman informed her that the matter is “very complicated” and “so important” that if I do not speak to the police that I might never get to leave the country (cue scary music)…FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am not too worried about all of this nonsense. I mean, it’s not like I started the fight, stole anything, or hurt anyone. In fact it was I who was attacked, robbed, and suffered bodily harm. Still, I wish I knew what the hell this was all about, but more than that, I just wish that it would go away. This happened five months ago, and if justice hasn’t been served yet, I doubt it will be. That thought annoys me a little, but whatever. I really just don’t care anymore. What happened happened, I survived with really no permanent harm done. It is a bigger a hassles than it is worth because it is not like I am going to get my money or camera back (and by money I mean the nearly 6,000kc I had to spend on medical bills because I was uninsured at the time). For those of you who don’t know what that means and are too lazy to google, 6,000kc is a little more than half of what I earn each month, or about 300 dollars. It isn’t much, really, but when you earn a little less than 600 dollars a month, half of that is a big deal.

Still, I will never see that money or the camera again, and I think all this trip to the police station is going to do is cause me more stress and take time away from my job. Nothing productive will come out of it, except that I might not have to stay in the country FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE…which really wouldn’t be so bad except that I am in the Center of Europe and have many places I want to travel to.


4 comments on “The never ending saga of a broken nose in the Czech Republic

  1. Randi says:

    I think I’d be talking to the American embassy. Seriously.

  2. Pop Wienert says:

    Great Story! I’m in suspense to hear what happens next. I don’t know how I would feel about you being in Libric?, for the rest of your natural life. Or perhaps inside of a prison cell because of a bureaucratic snafu.
    But, I’m sure they are concerned as you are a US national and this is no doubt the cause of the continuing complications. Nos a good time to get on the good side of the US State Department by letting them know you have been requested to appear with the police.
    Good luck, can’t wait to here more.

  3. Pop Wienert says:

    Ian, the typo is -Now’s a good time….

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