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About willowhands

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  • Location Berlin
  • Nationality American/German
  • Hometown Chicago-ish
  • Gender Female
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  1. Refusing to pay TV license fees (Rundfunkbeitrag)

      I called; I figured it couldn't hurt. The woman I talked with was very defensive, even with me being friendly and acting a bit stupid. I figure they must have to deal with irate calls all day long..   Anyway, it felt like she didn't give a **** what I had to say, and simply told me that they would calculate a bill and send it along to me. This is without me giving her any information other than my name and my date of birth. So they (obviously) have a database with all the information they need.   My friend got super lucky.
  2. Refusing to pay TV license fees (Rundfunkbeitrag)

    So best would be to call them and see if they are lenient about back payments, as they were with my friend..? 
  3. Refusing to pay TV license fees (Rundfunkbeitrag)

        I’d be curious to know the answer to this as well. I just received the same letter today, and although I do not have a TV, nor internet, nor do I read german news on the internet on my phone, i don’t really see a way around paying this ridiculous tax.    I have a friend who called them after receiving the letter, and they agreed to only ask for back-payments from 2016, instead of 2013. However, he regrets doing this, as a friend told him afterwards that he should have just lied about his move-in date...
  4. Odd news

    Does this belong here or in the “only in America” thread?   Wisconsin company decides to buy firearms for every employee this holiday season   https://eu.cincinnati.com/story/money/nation-now/2018/11/13/handgun-employee-christmas-gift-small-business/1994835002/
  5. Vaccination boosters every ten years

    I can’t answer that swimmer, but I did just find this interesting chart listing which health insurances cover certain vaccines when traveling abroad (I realize it’s slightly off-topic, but maybe useful for someone..) :    https://www.crm.de/krankenkassen/kk_tabelle_kassen.htm
  6. Cost of eyeglasses in Germany

      Krass has always had mine ready same day, within a few hours.    https://www.krass-optik.com/
  7. I love living in Germany, but...

      I’m not talking about public transportation. Just walking in the street. I rarely can walk in Berlin without someone walking into me. It’s most noticeable when I visit other countries. Suddenly I become aware that no one has walked into me and it feels so strange (and nice). 
  8. Alternative titles of threads

    Baby almost new!
  9. Gendered Pricing in Hairdressers

      I get your point and am not arguing against it. I’ve just personally never seen this as a problem.   
  10. Gendered Pricing in Hairdressers

    Everywhere I've lived, women's haircuts cost more than men's. I never really saw it as sexist.    I get my hair cut at most 2-3 times a year, and I'm very happy paying my fantastic hairdresser the price she asks for, plus a generous tip. If I calculate what she is actually earning per hour after taxes, rent, costs, etc. it's rather low. I can't imagine her charging any less and managing to make ends meet.   Men (and yes, women with shorter hair) generally must get their hair cut more often, so I assume the price differences also have to do with that? I know that when my clients want to meet with me regularly, I offer them a discounted price as well.
  11. I love living in Germany, but...

      Seriously? Germans constantly invade my personal space.     I’ll often be standing by myself without anyone around me and someone will come and stand right next to me, sometimes even touching me. It also happens that I’ll be walking down a street with no one in sight, and then someone will cross over from the other side and walk into me. (This happens often to my ex as well)  I really don’t get it. 
  12. I love living in Germany, but...

    oh the not-holding-doors-open / slamming-doors-in-my-face thing drives me nuts, too!!   I love living here, but I often wish Germans could think just one step ahead and anticipate that x might happen because of y. Just as one example: if a group of Germans is blocking the entire sidewalk. They'll see me coming, even make eye contact with me, but will simply not move out of the way. How hard is it to anticipate the fact that perhaps they could move out of the way? And it often seems like they're so surprised that the situation they're in is even happening.  Drives me crazy.     plus, I'd love to just once go out of the house and not get body slammed. maybe it's a Berlin thing.   
  13. AOK high premium need advice

      out of curiosity, are you talking about the KSK or AOK? (neither back payments nor refunds)
  14. Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

    I think technically, you are required to use  your german ID when leaving and entering Germany. I doubt you’ll have a problem with this though, especially on a UK passport. I would take the certificate with you, which will certainly prove that you are 1. a German citizen (congrats!!) and 2. haven’t had enough time to apply for a German ID/passport before your trip. 
  15. Package held by Zollamt

    does the sender have the same last name as you? my packages from my stepfather used to get intercepted by customs until I told him to just write "stepdad willowhands" as the sender instead of him using his own name... never had a problem after that.