Time for a minor rant… Back in the fall of 2008, I asked if fuel surcharges were here to stay. At the time, gas prices had fallen from $4+/gallon to the mid-$2 range, but those pesky surcharges that cropped up when fuel prices spiked were still persisting.
At the time, I suggested that these sorts of fees are a one-way street in that they get added when times are tough, and they never go away. Well…
Here we are, over 1.5 years later. Gas prices are still in the mid-$2 range and there are still tons of businesses charging fuel surcharges. For example, we recently had our septic tank pumped, and guess what? When the bill showed up, they had included a $15 fuel surcharge.
Don’t get me wrong… I’m more than happy to pay someone to pump our septic tank, but a $15 fuel surcharge? Come on. If you’re having trouble making ends meet, just be honest and raise your prices. Enough with the nickel and dime surcharges!