Saturday, May 02, 2009

Overcharged



The paperwork for my tax return arrived in my mailbox yesterday, alongside with the bill for consultation fees.

I was just about to sign the documents and send out a cheque when Wen pointed out that she was charged a much lower amount by the same tax agent.

So we went to the same accounting firm and the same accountant for the same service, but I was charged 50% more?! And my tax claim is no more complicated, if not much less simpler, than hers.

That's ridiculous!

The worst thing is, this ALWAYS happens to me!

For some mind boggling reasons beyond me, people always tend to overcharge me.

I could walk into the same store and buy the same thing as the person next to me, and I'd be charged more. It's as if I had "water fish" (please direct-translate it into Cantonese, for those of you who understand the dialect) written all over my forehead and people could tell from a mile away.

(And no, I'm not kidding.)

To top it all, being the prim and proper Asian girl the way I was brought up to be, I hate confrontations. Especially when it comes to money.

So more often than not, I'd just politely pay the overpriced amount without standing up for myself while fuming with anger and injustice on the inside.

And believe you me, I'm fuming now!

Not happy, Jane!

5 left a petal:

cbenc12 said...

ahh.. i understand how u feel.. for me, if i would not confront, i would tell the others and wont go back to the same store~
better luck next time!

Petite Lass said...

Issh,...I would be that fuming as well. Like you, I will not confront. Perhaps, it's time to speak up next time?

sdovelly said...

Haha...water fish :p

iamthewitch said...

Oh dear, sounds like you're a water-fish to them! I, on the other hand, would definitely stand up and speak up if I found that I was overcharged with anything. Haha probably a little kiasu-ness on my side. :P

MisSmall said...

Cbenc12: The thing is, I actually really want to go back to this accounting firm! They've been great up until now. *Sighs*

Petite Lass: Here's hoping that it's a skill than can be acquired via practice huh? :|

Sdovelly: *Rolls eyes*

Iamthewitch: I guess it's not all bad to be kiasu afterall huh? :)