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Re: That stupid surcharge
> Personally, I think it's stupid--and should be summarily revoked.
I agree with this completely. I also think the surcherge has the same
moral justification as a protection racket (although I suppose the same
could be said of most of the revenue-enhance schemes of the Period).
> Unfortunately, I don't have the authority to do that--so I'm looking
> for alternatives. While it's too late for this event, I wonder what
> you would think of some alternative approaches:
> 1) Make event donation only--no surcharge is collected;
> 2) Make event donation and dinner fee--again, no surcharge;
> 3) Put a bucket out for non-member fees--they pay into bucket;
> 4) Establish a "typical Atlantian ratio" and write a check;
> 5) Just keep doing it the same old way--pay through the nose.
I think that 3 is the best choice.
This reminds me of something that I'd like to relate, although I am rather
embarrassed by it. Many, many years ago, long before there was an official
surcharge, I went to an event for which one dollar would be deducted from
the fee to those who presented Proof of Membership. (To encourage gentles
to join the Corporation, I suppose). Well, I sent in my check for
the discounted amount, and offered as Proof my word as a gentleman.
When I got to the event, the autocratte (a Lady whom I was acquainted with)
told me that Policy required that I show either my card or a Kingdom
newsletter as Proof. I said that I would be happy to show my card, but
would prefer to show it by being called into court, where I could place the
card, within a glove, at her feet. (I was imagining this leading to a pie-
fight at some later event). The autocratte smiled very broadly and said
it would not be necessary, she would accept my word. Only later did I find
that her smile was a rictus of extreme social discomfort; that, in fact, she
was not amused. Since then I've tried to be more sensitive about such matters.