While dealing with the bureaucracy of starting a business in China I’ve also been trying to find a place to live in Shanghai. A straight-forward enough task – get an agent, view houses, etc. Some of the locations are at a distance from the new office, so I’ve been thinking of buying a gas scooter. On that topic I had this exchange with one of my agents:
Me: Thinking of buying a scooter.
Agent: Oh, scooters are cheap in Shanghai. But the license is very expensive.
Agent: But you can get parrot license. Very cheap.
Me: Parrot license?
Agent: Yes, parrot license. Very cheap. Very easy.
Me: “Parrot”? – Sits on the shoulder of a pirate? Says, “Caw! Caw!”?
Agent: Yah, “parrot”. Arrrg.
He gestures with his hand to make a hook.
Me: Ohhhhh… you mean PIRATE license… Yeah, I need a parrot license.