Up to now, I’ve let this recession business slide.
I don’t moan about money, except when I’m looking at Chanel or Burberry, but that’s nothing to do with the recession.
I don’t whine that I’m stuck in a career rut because there’s a serious lack of jobs.
I don’t complain that The Boy and I will have to save for a million years before we get enough for a deposit for our first home.
But today it got to me.
I was trying to do my bit to support local theatre and was buying two tickets for Spring Awakening.
I went onto The Helix website (the theatre it’s running in, for you non-Ireland people) and tried to buy them there, only to find they don’t accept Laser cards for online purchases.
So I after work, like the wonderfully loving soul I am, I tracked down a Ticketmaster booth to buy them in person.
Me: Hey, can I get two tickets for Spring Awakening in The Helix on Friday please? Two adult tickets.
Guy: *stares at the computer* Uhm, Friday yeah?
Guy: What is it you’re looking to book tickets for?
Me: Spring Awakening.
Me: …In The Helix.
Eventually, he worked it out and muttered the price at me.
Rather than ask him another question, I just handed him my €50 note -sure, I already knew the tickets were €20 each.
Walking off and hopping on an escalator to the next floor, I suddenly looked down at the change in my hand, which amounted to about 80c.
That fecker SERIOUSLY short changed me!
I fished out the receipt to find out how much I needed to demand back off him.
Oh wait, there wasn’t mistake.
Total ticket charge: €45.30
Service charge: €4.00
€10 in charges, when I’m already forking out €20 per ticket!??
It came to a total of €42 on the theatre’s own website (that doesn’t accept Laser cards!), so where the FRICK did the other €8 come from!?
And this is my problem.
In this recession I have been so patient with, money is tight, treats are less frequent and more often than not, paying rent trumps eating out and going to concerts or shows.
So when I manage to find the money to treat myself and help out an amateur theatre group, how is it fair to have the price bumped up and be ripped off!?
False advertising and abusing people wins you few friends.
Feckin’ RAGING, I am!