A Bitter Fee to Swallow
Let me be blunt. I hate all these extra fees added in bills these days: those daily resort fees at hotels for services that should be provided in the first place; those added extras to the phone bill which, in total, can be as much as the basic phone service costs and those car rental add-ons too aggravating to even write about! You've seen them, too. You've paid them. And I'm sure you hate them as much as I do.
And just when you think you've seen them all, there's always another fee to be found. I spotted a doozy last week in a doctor's examining room: "Please request prescription refills during office visits. Prescription refills filled by phone or fax will have a $20 service charge--paid by credit card at time of request."
I know doctors have lots of added paperwork these days--but at $20 a refill, that's often more than the medicine itself (particularly if you have a prescription card)! In other words, it's a bitter pill to swallow.
Have you seen other maddening fees? Post them here or let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org
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