I am sitting out here in the lovely sun with my laptop. I am working, looking at incoming messages and was thinking what an uncomplicated day. The phone rang just now though and a panicky voice asked for my OH. She is away so I asked if I could pass on a message.
The woman phoning is English, she lives with her boyfriend, also English. He is a plumber and registered as an AE, she too is an AE but I have no idea what she does. Anyway, she has just opened a letter from RSI that arrived about 10 days ago and it is her 'Déclaration Trimestrielle...'. She can't read French so I told her to come over to us, she being about 10 minutes drive away. I also told her she can pay online. So she'll pop over this evening and let me give her a hand. Easy enough.
The problem is her boyfriend. Phil has been here for well over 20 years, his French is pretty good and he would most certainly be able to help her. Now for the catch. He went over to England because his mother was dying, which she eventually did. When he arrived at the funeral the car taking him parked driver to pavement, so he got out of the passenger side and was hit by a car. He has been in hospital somewhere in the north of England since, apparently he was unconscious for two days and is not very clear yet. He has also broken his right arm, so cannot write, use a computer or anything. When she phoned him this morning he was in no fit state to say anything about it.
She has no idea what he has earned because he has not done his bookkeeping properly, so cannot envisage trying to pay for him. She is wondering what to do.
Last year at exactly this time, my OH and I were away when the letter arrived, got back after 31 July and tried to call and explain. We both had to pay the penalty anyway.
So, does anybody know what this woman can do (which may involve me phoning, writing or doing whatever is of any use)? Has anybody any experience of a similar situation and know what to do? I need to know by this evening (Tuesday) preferably. Failing that, I imagine tomorrow will be OK.