Get It Quietly

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Location: Enfield, London, United Kingdom

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Next On The List

Citizen Smith used to carry a list around with him. When anyone really pissed him off he would ostentatiously write their name on the list - the list of his enemies who would be first against the wall when the Tooting Popular Front rose to power.

It's a nice thought isn't it ? Onto my list today went credit card company Mint, for charging me a £20 late payment fee. My outstanding balance at the time was £12. So I'm not going to throw a strop, I'm just going to cut your card in half and add one more name to the list. No doubt that was in the small print, but there is such a thing as taking the piss and there is only so often you can do it. In the case of non-essential credit cards, that would be once.

But what happens when you're paying through the nose for something you love ? I was thinking today along the lines of "How much is too much ?". At what point do you say, "that's too expensive", even when it's for something you love ? When Harrah's are taking $4 million out of a 9 day poker tournament, and their staff are slagging players off for not leaving MORE. Is that too much ? When Rangers expect people to pay £58 * to watch them play Luton and Leeds, inside 4 days. Leeds, by the way, being the only home match in a spell of 10 consecutive Saturdays. Is that too much ?

Maybe it is. Because moaning about it isn't going to change anything. In our great capitalist world, never forget that we have the power. If we stop paying it, they'll have to think again. What's taking a stand and what's cutting your nose off to spite your face is a judgement call.

* £58 for best seats. Two seats behind the corner flag - yours for £50.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lionel here, check out the article by Miros in our latest stratedgy entry regarding lists. I agree, fuck Harrah's but then again if i win a seat..........

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