New Cheques

New ChequesI'm sorry if I seem like I'm bitching about the cost of things these days and the hidden surcharges that seem to be hitting me left right and center, but it seems like I'm being hit up for an extraordinary amount of cash at every turn these days. Over the past few days I've complained about parking in Ottawa and Ticketmaster surcharges and there's an MTO entry in me yet to come.

The last time I ordered cheques was way back in 1993. I must have ordered a lot, because I just used my last one earlier today. I remember it cost me nothing to order these plain cheques in '93 and I remember laughing to myself every time I crossed out the address on those old cheques because I have moved exactly five times since then.

To make a long story short, I just ordered 50 new plain cheques and it cost me $17. $17 for something that used to be part of the service. For all I know people have been paying for cheques for the past decade but I feel like Rip Van Winkle who just woke up after a long, deep sleep only to learn everything costs more than it should. If that's the case, I'm going back to bed.


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