Please do not place cash in this box

Please, no money here…As exotic problems go, my horizon was significantly broadened after a recent visit to Laoise County Hall. By the entrance door there is a postbox with the following warning on it: ‘Don’t put money in this box’.

The thought of doing so never occured to me in the first place, but if people would want to put money in my post box I wouldn’t stop them. On the contrary, I would encourage them to do so as often as they like!

The reason for the exotic warning is the way certain taxes are paid in Ireland. Instead of receiving an invoice in the mail e.g. motorists have to show up at a counter in the county hall to pay car tax on their own initiative!