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Got a call from a potential new client today, looking for a translator to work with on a regular basis. However, they do quite a bit of government work and sent me a job to quote on for a state-owned company. Here’s my reply:
Thank you for making contact today.
I might have been clearer on the phone regarding my refusal of government work. The document you sent is a response from ____ to the EU about some scandal involving ____. From the document you sent:
“The shareholders of _____ are: The Ministry of _____ (__%) and the ___ of the Slovak Republic (__%).”
So, ____ is a government agency.
My objection is not about terminology or difficulty of the work. Rather, I believe that governments are evil, immoral organizations that exist only by stealing through taxation. I don’t want to support such evil and immorality in any way, and I don’t want to take stolen money in payment. Therefore, I will do no work at all for governments.
So, I would not be willing to handle this one for you. If you do have something for ____, ____, etc, I would certainly be willing to have a look at that for you in the future.