(Closed) Ridiculous NEW Fees being added- may be illegal!

posted 8 years ago in Money
Post # 32
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1026 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@StarIzInkd:  OP, my suggestion is to think about what you say before you type it. I think many people would agree that the fees are ridiculous (legal, but ridiculous.) But you made yourself look like the bad person by comparing the fees to rape and saying anyone who paid them was an asshole. 

Post # 33
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846 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@hermom: I guess my CPA and Master’s degree in Accounting account for nothing in terms of my intelligence. lol she sounds like a truly bright individual.

 

Post # 34
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627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

For the record, the word rape was originally and still used to describe forceful seizure of property as an act of plunder.

She is using the word correctly and beyond the fact she could choose her words more carefully, you all are being a bunch of bullies.

Post # 35
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1099 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon:  It’s not forceful seizure if it’s in a contract that she agreed to (or in this case chose not to).

Post # 36
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846 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon:  So if I called you an asshole because you had tattoos all over your arms, you would be the bully for defending your decision? I think you need to use your words just as much if not more cautiously than the OP.

 

Post # 37
Hostess
2683 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@kmb727:  +1 It’s annoying, but it’s also their perogative as a business to charge whatever they want that people will pay. As long as it’s in the contract and not sprung on you, it’s just just what they charge. It would be illegal to demand more fees outside of the contract or to say it’s a tax when it’s not. But outside of that, you can always go somewhere else. 

Post # 38
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5622 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

Sorry you are going through this OP.

Although I honestly don’t think writing the state will do much good, since they aren’t saying it’s a state tax. Businesses really can charge whatever they want, and differant business charge differant fees for differant reasons.

The only way it’s really illegal is if you signed a contract with them, and they tried tried to add an additional %.

I found a few venues that wanted like $3000 to use the building, and then I had to rent THEIR chairs/tables separately. It was really strange. I just thanked them for their time and went along my merry way.

I hope you find something that works for you.

Post # 39
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3457 posts
Sugar bee

I get it, it’s annoying to see fees tacked on to the end of the contract. I see it as bad customer service, but not illegal. Just take the price after the fees as the “final price” and decide if you want to do business with them. 

Post # 40
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2056 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Did you ever consider that the vendor saying the fee is illegal is trying to play the “good guy” and maybe sway you into business with him? Just a random thought.

Post # 41
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248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@StarIzInkd:  A fee is not the same as being raped.You should not compare things you don’t like to being raped. Ever.

Can you link to any actual legal authority that fees are illegal?

Post # 42
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627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@HannahGrace:  1. an act or instance of robbing or despoiling or carrying away a person by force

The OP feels she is being robbed. The act of being robbed includes a possesion of yours being seized. The use of the word still stands as correct. 


 

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@soy:  Your point is a straw man argument. My opinion still stands. 

Post # 44
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6533 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

This concept is along the lines of the airlines “unbundling” everything. There’s a very good chance that the fees are taxed differently to the services and goods. In airlines, they pay higher income tax on your ticket revenue than on your checked bag fee. That’s one of the reasons most airlines charge you for checking even one bag (unless you’ve got elite status or an airline credit card that gives a free bag). So, 10 years ago it was $300 or whatever for a ticket, and $0 for your bag. Now it’s $275 for the ticket and $25 for the bag; the airline collects the same dollars from the passenger and turns less over in corporate taxes.

tax codes will be really different in different industries plus state/local taxes are different between states and cities, but I totally can see how there’s a trend towards shifting as much money away from the higher taxed goods category and over into the fees.

it’s not illegal as long as the fees are disclosed up front. It does kind of piss me off to see yet another tax loophole for corporations; not so hard to swallow if it’s local small businesses but still it’s somene not paying their full, fair share. Maybe instead of shouting that this should be illegal, put your efforts into one of the many grassroots movements for tax reform. I bet if this stuff is all taxed identically, a lot of these mysterious fees will disappear (and get put back into the cost of the actual goods).

Post # 45
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2203 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Lord have mercy. you aren’t being raped or robbed if you willingly hand over the money. This thread is ridiculous. 

Post # 46
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1099 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@mixtapehearts:  +1 agreed.  I can’t reason with obtuse people so I’m out.

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