Brad Messer Commentary
Thursday, November 13, 2003

CPS Late Fee Puzzle

A disabled man has asked the local power company to let him pay late and not charge him a fee. His power bill comes due before his check arrives in the mail.

He says it isn't fair to charge him a late fee, when CPS already gives senior citizens a break on that. Apparently their checks come after their power bills are due, too.

What's going on here? Do these people think they are sliding backwards in Einsteinian time, or some such? Everyone else waits until they can afford to turn the juice on, then they pay their bill every month. I guess the mature people order their service prematurely, get a bill and complain that they aren't ready to pay quite yet.

Maybe you Visa and Mastercard people ought to try that. Call the credit card people, say your payment's due before you have enough money, so just forget about the late fee. See how far that gets you.

CPS probably shouldn't be in the business of free credit for senior citizens, who ought to know better than to spend what they don't have.

Fine. Now I suppose I've been cruel to old people and the disabled. There is probably no hope for me.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.

11 p.m. -- Sorry. It turned out that this entire discussion and Ten-Foot Poll were based on an erroneous newspaper story, which said in its headline and in the body of the story that CPS waives late fees for seniors, when in fact their late fees are NOT waived but are imposed only after an additional ten-day grace period. Punt!

Brad's Ten-Foot Poll

posted 12:10 a.m.
RESULT 218 votes CPS waives late fees on the bills of senior citizens, and a disabled man now says his late fee should be forgiven, too, or it'll all be kind of unfair.

45%
CPS has no business subsidizing people who can't pay their bills on time.
98
9%
Hey, ease up, it's the disabled and elderly we're talking about here. They shouldn't have to be responsible with their money!
19
46%
Okay, give 'em all the time in the world to pay their bills, but give ME the same deal, too.
101

 

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