Some time ago, I wrote about the “processing fee” you get dinged for when you mail in payment for a traffic ticket to General District Courts in Virginia. In some cases the fee is more than the fine for the infraction.
The chief question then was, “what is the process?” And the answer was that a clerk opened the envelope, recorded your payment then deposited your check.
Today we have some new fees, brought to you by yet another government entity — the Roanoke Civic Center. I discovered them last week while buying tickets online to see comedian Lewis Black this past Saturday night. (His show was hilarious, by the way. He even had a joke about the Texas Tavern’s chile).
Because I’m a cheapskate, I opted for the least costly tickets, $35 each. But by the time I finished that purchase the cost had swollen to $99.50. That’s a 42 percent markup.
While not as obscene as the traffic ticket processing fees, it’s still in highway-robbery territory.
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