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Cards Plus 10%

I am sitting in a cab as I write this.

Travelling through London in a cab can be a horrific experience. Just watching the meter turn quickly is enough to give anyone on a low budget a nervous twitch.

So the fares are bad enough anyway. However, our "friends" the card schemes are now piling on the agony.

In my current cab, there is a shiny new card reader, placed by Verifone, inviting me to forego the use of cash in favour of their electronic solution.

Now I know some people love cards. I see them around town, with those fixed Stepford Wives sickly grins on their faces. Those are the expressions of humans who have surrendered the use of independent thinking in favour of doing as they are instructed by the card schemes.

The reason for the sickly grins? THEY THINK THEY ARE SAVING MONEY AND TIME!

Yet here I am in my conveyance, being told in the small print under the card logos that a 10% "convenience" fee will be applied if I use plastic.

10% extra for convenience? Strange, because another transport undertaking, Transport For London, who run the Underground, actually give their customers a discount when they use cards!

This rip off is only the start. The Card Schemes will be charging extra whenever they can going forward. They need to because they have to fund the massive advertising campaigns they run to persuade us all other payment methods are daft!

Daft? THATS WHAT WE WILL BE IF WE GIVE IN TO THE DEMANDS OF THE CARD SCHEMES!

As a start, let's all refuse to pay these "convenience" fees plus a tip. Make it one or the other! That will soon turn the London Cabbies against plastic - hell has no fury like a taxi driver deprived of his tip!

 

Monday, 10th September 2012

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