One Gun Please

Facebook being the ultimate stalk experience, it was unsurprising that it was through this particular social network that I got to know about my good friend Ingrid’s experience at the British Library.

Ingrid, known as “The Bookworm” amongst close friends, chose London to be the city she’d study in for the next four years. One of the first tasks she ticked off her settling-in list was obtaining a library card from the British Library on Euston Road.

This, however, was easier planned than done. According to Ingrid, the tenancy agreement she’d come armed with would not suffice as proof of her home address. A firearms license, on the other hand, would.

This sparked a humorous conversation later amongst my Finnish friends, all coming from a country where owning guns is very much discouraged as the result of recurrent school shootings. The United Kingdom, however, has one of the lowest rates of gun homicides in Europe. Therefore the reasoning behind the firearms license as proof of address is more understandable. Someone with a firearms license will have had a thorough background check and therefore had their address confirmed. Someone with a tenancy agreement might not be living at the address mentioned, however likely or not this is, I don’t know.

The only problem with this is that the odd student like Ingrid can’t get her library card. The poor girl seems to have whizzed past all the requirements. Her gas, electricity and water bills go straight to her landlady, and without a UK bank account, she can’t even get a phone contract, not to mention a bank statement. Unlucky!


2 Responses

  1. aww bless her! get her to open a bank account – it might be the only way she can get it

  2. That’s what I thought too, but it seems she can’t on account of her Romanian passport…?

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