A chum of mine is going out with a Belgian bailiff. It is after all a job. He is in fact a Hussier de Justice, and has to do the normal bailiff type stuff, sequestering property and so on.
What is different is the adultery side of the job here in Belgium.
It appears that if you believe that your spouse is playing away, and you wish to terminate your marriage, whilst retaining control of everything children, house etc, then you must first prove that an affair is indeed taking place. First you hire a private detective, who then goes to the local magistrate that grants a warrant. At which point you hire a hussier de Justice, a policeman and a locksmith. They then turn up at the scene of the delicto and attempt to catch it in flagrante – but not before 5am. The idea is that these three types break in, and go up to the bedroom, confirm the identities of any in there and leave job done. Of course if the straying partner gets wind of this they may hide in the house, thus the policeman and hussier have, with the warrant the right to search every room.
In how many ways is this wrong?
Worse it is dangerous. Earlier this year the Justice Minister in Belgium, one Laurette Onkelinx announced that there were 641,781 guns in private ownership. Now according to the CIA in July of this year there were 8,616,216 people over the age of 14 in the country. That means that one in every 14 people owns a legally held gun.
And they send officials into people’s bedrooms at 5 o’clock in the morning!