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April 9, 2007 12:03 AM

Broken: Student loan re-payment letter

StudentloanleafletHay Kranen from the Netherlands submits a scan of a student loan payment letter he received:

I received this letter (which is in Dutch) asking me to pay back my student loan.

The text of the letter is fine and informative, but the accompanying illustration is of a fat man who drank too much wine and ate too much fish, and is now being presented the bill.

If this is how the government thinks that students spend their loans, what else do they think of us?

A rough translation of the letter: at the top it says 'Paying back your student loan,' and at the bottom of the letter it ironically says: the IB-Groep (the institution that handles the loans) accommodates you.


Students eat fish? First!

Posted by: EricJ2190 at April 9, 2007 12:06 AM

Boy I certainly hope they're not gonna send me something like this when I have to pay back my student loans... And usually, no...students don't eat fish. They might if they can afford it, but it's usually something like fish sticks...

Posted by: ashleyriot_vs at April 9, 2007 12:57 AM

This looks like a case of somebody rummaging for clip art and settling for the closest thing they could find.

Posted by: Carlos Gomez at April 9, 2007 08:09 AM

Might as well have had a cartoon of a guy paying a piper. Or having cake and eating it too. The only reason I ate fish when I was a student was because I was in a culinary arts program. And the levels of wine were monitored carefully. Some of it even made it into the food once in a while.

Posted by: lefty-chef at April 9, 2007 09:14 AM

I like this one! The clip art really does make this a broken entry... yea!! (there are so few really broken entries any more that I am amazed when I do see one)

Posted by: Memnon at April 9, 2007 09:39 AM

Meh. It's friendlier than a picture of a shaking fist, of your car being repoed, or of your cat being held for ransom.

Posted by: J H at April 9, 2007 02:06 PM

Cats eat fish.

Posted by: Sashazur at April 9, 2007 03:43 PM

I interpreted this differently -- the standing guy is the student, presenting his payment to the sleeping loan shark, who will use the steady stream of high-interest income to buy more fine dinners.

Posted by: MattyMatt at April 9, 2007 04:01 PM

I thought at first that the standing guy was strangling the sitting guy.

Posted by: Darth at April 9, 2007 10:57 PM

It's your government that is broken. But that's a tautology.

Posted by: henrybowmanaz at April 10, 2007 02:45 AM

A shaking fist would be pretty cool. Think of those lenticular designs that have a different image as you move it from side to side...

Posted by: James at April 10, 2007 01:44 PM

maybe it's a threat? pay up, or you'll be sleeping with the fishes!


Posted by: fmgazette at April 11, 2007 11:37 PM

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