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  1. Rude receptionist at Doctor's office

    Heard that as well. And apparently it's not just Munich but Bavaria in general.   Eastern parts of Germany, well, these are the complete opposite. Stuff like that happens all the time. Foreigners' office, for example, hates foreigners. Every time I had to go there I was shouted at for no apparent reason.   You even get used to it and stop caring. Also, many don't seem to like Americans specifically around here. However, still, nobody can tell me why. 
  2. Rude receptionist at Doctor's office

    I doubt you can do much about it. As I understand, you were not left without medical attention, and being generally rude isn't a crime. Plus, I think receptionists at the medical practice offices in Germany are just rude to anyone who walks in without an appointment made a few months in advance.   Honestly, after two years in Germany, I think that it's just the way it is here. People often criticize the US for "fake smilies" and stuff, but I'm not sure this attitude is better. Also, I don't think the way you look plays a significant role here. I'm as white as it gets, still often meet Germans that are irrationally rude as a reaction to my not-so-perfect German. Which is ironic since everyone I interact with at work get out of their way to practice their English with me.    But, what I'm trying to say, don't think about it. It's just the way things are around here. 
  3. How can I check a potential tenant’s credit?

    I'd have to disagree with that. Housing is a real pressing issue in many large-ish cities in Germany, but far from most of them. Berlin, Munich, and a few others (including their surroundings) have the housing issue because everyone wants to be in these cities as these are the business, financial, and technological centers. Koblenz, as well as most other cities, are hardly the same.   It doesn't mean these are bad towns. It's just that there aren't many reasons to move there. In the east, it's even more apparent.
  4. Change in first name spelling

    Thank you all for your replies. I guess you're right and it's not the first time ABH sees something like that. It's just this is the kind of problem I never expected to encounter. I guess I will start by making appointments in ABH and banks.
  5. Change in first name spelling

    Hi everyone. I have a bit of a peculiar problem.    I was born in an Eastern Europan country, though I lived in the US ever since I was two months old. But my original birth certificate is not in English, meaning that initially, my legal name was not in English. It was transliterated in all legal documents I ever had in the US.  Turns out, when my parents moved to the US, either they or the local bureaucracy messed something up in the way they transliterated my first name in several different documents. Recently, I've discovered this when dealing with legal proceedings concerning inheritance.  Long story short, after it was discovered, it cascaded. Now I have a new US passport where my first name has a different spelling. The difference is in just one letter in the end.  In the US I had no issues with this, but I'm not sure how to deal with this in Germany. Basically, now my legal first name has one letter difference from what I have in every document I've ever gotten in Germany. Namely, health insurance, diploma, bank-related stuff, and of course, my residency permit and registration. The problem is that while the change in my first name happened, I've not gotten any reasonable document that would state why it happened. In the eyes of the consulate in Berlin, they didn't change anything. They've corrected a mistake. It's just the mistake persisted for 30 years. They've basically advised me to go to court if I want to object.  Going to court in California is out of the question as it would take too much time and money. So I have to deal with this on the German end.    How should I even approach this issue? I still have my old passport with an invalidation stamp and a new one with the new spelling of my first name.  Does anyone have any idea on the kind of questions I can expect from ABH, Burgerburo in this regard? What about insurance and banks? Do I have to give then any legal document stating the exact reason why the spelling was altered?   
  6. How to calculate postdoc salary properly?

      Oh, the irony. You are criticizing someone's English while being unable to express yourself using a consistent dialect.