Fartanywherecard wrote:It's funny that this is illegal in New York when the government (parking tickets, etc.) charges a "convenience fee" for credit card usage.
I don't see this becoming too big of a problem. It's important for customers to say NO to this crap because once something becomes established and accepted, everybody will do it
example: 20% tips/service fee somehow becoming standard expectation
That's as big a ripoff (charging you a "conveninece fee" for a credit card) as when the DMV charges you a "counter service fee" to go and stand in line for 3 hours to renew your tags. I get to pay for joy of wasting 3 hours of my life and dealing with a government employee that obviously hates their job and would probably prefer to be an axe murderer of the general public they seem to despise. Basicaly it's a tax on a tax.
Same thing with paying fees to e-file your taxes. They know people are going to e-file so they make sure they keep an even bigger bite of your money for you doing it, even though it's cheaper than them dealing with a printed copy of your taxes and mailing you a check! It's just another way to make you bend over and grab em. I mean let's be honest here and call it what it is.
Private industry does this all the time too it's not just limited to the government. I remember back in the 80s, they started charging more for tuneups for electronic ignition than for points systems even though it was cheaper for them, because points were on the way out. Same thing with disc brakes - easier and cheaper to work on but they charge more because that's where it was going.
It's probably better for us NOT to think about all the ways we get screwed on a daily basis - we can't do anything about it, and it will just upset us. But dealing with the government is the worst. My ex-wife was Brazilian and when she moved here, the first thing I told her is "What you need to keep in mind is that EVERYTHING here in the US and I mean EVERYTHING is set up for the benefit of the rich and big business. Once you accept that, life gets easier here". She looked at me like I had to be joking or something, but I was just trying to tell her how it was. Another thing I told her was whenever you deal with the government here two things are guaranteed - one you will feel like you are the guy who gets asked to squeal like a pig in "Deliverance", and two you will pull out your wallet and pay them before it's over. Guaranteed.