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March 16, 2011

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The time and convenience factor are big for me. I'm definitely willing to spend a few bucks to save time and hassle. That said, most of the above fees sound more like money grabs by the companies imposing them than anything else, the kinds of things that will be implemented and increased until consumers put their collective feet down.

As a former waitress I hate to see tipping included in this list. Tipping is not an "extra" or a "fee," it's part of the cost. This reads to me like yet another attempt to foment resentment of already-badly-paid workers for daring to try to make a living. (See also: public employees' unions.)

On the other side of the coin, it shouldn't be legal to charge people for not spending enough money. Sadly, the phone company and other big conglomerates can get away with it because consumers have too few choices.

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