Russia: Service, Please

A Soviet housewife in Kiev, blessed with a private bathroom, discovered one morning that the toilet was clogged. She immediately informed the janitor, who told her that it was necessary to apply to the apartment house "block committee." A member of the committee instructed her to fill out a form and take it to the area repair center for her district. etting this far consumed most of one day. Early the next day, the housewife appeared at the repair center. There she had to wait in line for two hours before she...

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