Woman Forced to Take Dead Dad's Remains to Office to Close Account Cheered

A woman has been applauded for bringing her dead dad's remains into an office, over a company's in-person rule to close an account.

She shared the bizarre saga to Reddit's Malicious Compliance forum on Thursday, under username u/Zavarakatranemi, where it has since amassed more than 12,000 upvotes, and can be read here.

She detailed the extreme lengths she went to to try and close the water account, and the measures she was forced to employ after the company still hadn't closed it—20 years after her father died.

The woman indicated she was in Greece, which often exhumes bodies due to overcrowding, the BBC noted.

File photo of woman and urn.
File photo of woman and urn. A woman has been applauded for bringing her dad's remains to a company who demanded he close an account in-person. Des Green/Getty Images

"Cemeteries in Greek cities are so overcrowded that bodies are often only kept in the ground for three years," an article the Redditor linked to explained.

The article noted most graves are leased on a 3-year term "with an escalating price scale for any additional years."

Bodies are in varying states of decay, as the site continued: "At least a quarter of bodies exhumed after three years have not yet fully decomposed.…

"Usually after an exhumation the bones are washed and placed in a small metal box."

It was this box the Redditor brought to the offices, as the lease on her father's grave was up, after he died 2 decades ago.

She explained that when he died she inherited a "tiny cabin house," and owing to various reasons "we called up the electricity, telephone, and water companies to shut off services to the cabin until further notice."

While most companies complied, the water board said this request could only be done by the person named on the bill.

"Mind you, their fee (due to zoning and a well on our property) was less than €2 ($1.95) /month. Repeatedly faxing the death certificates as well as next-of-kin transfer of the title got us nowhere.

"Dozens of calls per month, several emails, in-person applications, smoke signals, interpretive dances, telepathy etc. nothing made any difference," she said.

Both she and her mother were "flabbergasted," and to their dismay realized the situation was "unsolvable." But eventually the water would get shut off due to non-payment of the negligible fee.

"Getting any lawyers involved would not be worth the money, so we did just that, discontinued the connected bank account, and never gave it another thought," she admitted.

But two weeks ago the water company got in touch, as they were closing accounts which had been inactive for 20 years.

They informed the family of their outstanding $11.61 fee to close the account—but reiterated this could only be done in person by the account owner.

She said: "Once again I mention the whole 'you know, he's dead?' spiel and was passed over to a supervisor, but in a reminiscing demonstration of absolute absent-mindedness/stupidity, the response I got was 'unfortunately they have to show up in person, as we need a paper copy for accounts older than X years, otherwise we can't proceed'."

But she had another idea, owing to the family recently receiving their father's remains back, and wrote: "2 days later, I went to the water company's local office. I wore my most purple, silky, goth outfit, dark make-up, and 'oh-so-heathen' jewelry, and carried a large bag with me.

I plopped a Ouija board and the box with my father's remains on the desk."
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"I asked to speak to the same supervisor, who luckily for me was in an open-space area with their team's director and quite a few more desks.

"After confirming with her why I was there, she started telling me the whole 'he needs to be here in person' thing again, but I interrupted her and told her 'I know what you will say, so I brought him with me so he can tell you himself'."

She went all out on the theatrics, adding: "I plopped a Ouija board and the box with my father's remains on the desk."

And she kept up the performance, saying: "I placed my hands on the Ouija board and just as loudly started asking my father's spirit to communicate with me, show me a sign he was there with us, reach out to me from the grave.

"Everyone was silent, people walking by the door stopped and stared, I threw a few 'Papa can you hear me?' in there as well, for dramatic effect. In comedic timing that happens only once in a lifetime, I think a pen? / something small fell down from someone's desk behind me, which against the silence was quite startling.

"Excitedly I moved my hand to YES and proclaimed I needed his help in the form of his signature from the beyond, in order to close this account."

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Eventually the director came over and told her he could assist her, and said it was enough. But the woman wasn't done yet.

"I started gathering my things as I laid into him, how asking to speak in person with an indisputably dead man of over 20 years was beyond stupid and if I had to put up with their idiocy, they had to put up with the process required to get ahold of him.

"I also mentioned that denying someone's legal title claim was lawsuit-worthy, so he immediately changed his tune that I could of course close the account.

"He tried to bring up the fee but I cut him off with a 'don't even think about it' and walked out," she said.

People praised her commitment, as Misspetriedish said: "The way I just all out CACKLED..."

Youburyitidigitup wrote: "Who says the dead can't come in to sign papers?"

And Andyman1973 added: "Love beating them at their own game, following their rules!"

Newsweek reached out to u/Zavarakatranemi for comment. We could not verify the details of the case.