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Friday, July 01, 2005
Today's edition of Permit Me Please focuses on my neighbor to the east, and the city where I work... Milwaukee. I was paging through their license and permit page to see what I could find... and found a few interesting examples of stupidity (and believe me there are a lot more).
For instance, did you know that in the City of Milwaukee, you need a license to be born or die?
At least that's what this page says. Now in all fairness, if you click on the individual links, it leads you to a page where you can get a birth or death certificate... but I find it interesting that they choose to call them licenses in other places. Milwaukee also grants a "Domestic Partner" license. Did anyone else know this? Granted I don't have a problem with that myself... but I don't remember seeing this one in the news.
The one I found curious was that you need a license to be a Professional Photographer according to Chapter 84-33 of the City Ordinance:
Even better is what is required after you submit for a license:
Why? And what do "neighborhood services" have to do with it? Are you saying that there should only be a certain number of photographers per geographic area? Why? We're not just talking about paying some money... you have to be approved to take pictures for a living. Oh... but we're not done yet. There is a completely different license required to become a "Street Photographer":
So if I take a picture and print it on a piece of paper and ask you for money in exchange, I need a permit. But if I take that same picture, go to a publisher and have it printed on a page of a book and ask you for money in exchange I don't. Can someone smarter than I explain this to me? Not only that... but you have to carry a special badge:
Of course if you're a disabled verteran... you don't have to pay a fee.
My head hurts.
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