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The Cash Cows And The Rip-Off Merchants

What is wrong with these people?



I'm sure it's been written about many times before, but has anyone else noticed how airports and motorway service stations are the biggest rip-off merchants going?

Airports and motorway service stations are rip-off merchants, but I do like a good VIP Lounge.

Airports and motorway service stations are rip-off merchants, but I do like a good VIP Lounge.

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Everything sold in an airport is at least 25% more than any high street shop. Bear in mind that the normal shops do make a profit on what they sell, so have worked out their profit margin.

"I remember going into a service station once where it said 'Free WiFi'."

Great thought I; so I went and asked someone how to get onto it and she said "It's £10". I questioned that the advert saying it was free was really being up front, and she said, "Oh, you only pay it once, and then it's free forever".

I said "Well, I'm just going to buy a shirt, and I shall pay for it once, and after that, it will be free forever, but I don't think they'd get away with advertising free shirts on that basis would they?" She looked confused, shrugged and wandered off. I think they are taught how to do this.

It beats me as to why they don't make airports and service stations friendly and reasonably priced. Ok, I know they have a guaranteed clientele, but surely if they priced their bottles of water at £1.75 instead of £3.50, they would sell more. They only catch people who are really in a rush and have no other option, and the customer leaves feeling ripped off ... as indeed they have been.

If I were in charge of them, I would work out that I should sell more goods at a sensible price and that the customer would be happy, but I suppose they don't care, which helps it make the wretched experience that it normally is.

"When I'm not in a rush I go to those VIP lounges which you pay about £20, but in my opinion are worth it."

You get a comfy seat, free newspapers and food and drink, all in the price and I reckon if you can get there two hours before your flight you can tuck away thirty quids worth easily - and more if you drink alcohol - which I don't. You get free WiFi, and the staff are pleasant and welcoming. But it's a shame that one has to do that just for a bit of comfort.

It occurs to me that everyone is obsessed with money. OK, we all need to earn it, and I am quite defined when it comes down to any contract that I sign for work, but it's always what I'm worth and not about trying to screw more money out of a company. I just want them to get their money's worth and for everyone to feel good about the deal.

However you only need to look at the BBC pay scales to see greed, and they don't even pay women the same as men for the same job which is quite unbelievable in this day and age. No wonder the BBC were trying to hush it all up.

"And look at the EU and the Leave vote."

All everyone is concerned about is money. How much can they screw out of the UK for leaving their rich man's club? I can't honestly believe that the EU actually cares if we are a member or not. What does it matter to them?

All I ever voted for was for our politicians to be directly accountable to us and to make the decisions on all aspects of our country and then we can choose to kick them out and get a new lot in every 5 years. The EU is a deceitful, corrupt, money wasting experiment, and thankfully, our two main parties are for it. Vote LibDem if you want to ignore the vote.

We may well be a bit poorer for a few years until it's all sorted out but that's a price I am very happy to pay for accountability, and perhaps the airports and service stations should take heed.

Your profits may drop for a short while, but eventually you will have happy people sitting comfortably, eating and drinking at a sensible price and saying how decent it all is, without having to pay extra - as I do - by visiting the VIP area; or as I call it the Eurozone, as not everyone can afford it.

And I'm not even a socialist.

Until next time ...


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David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions who provides entertainment for theatre and corporate events. This ties in very well with The Arches Theatre, an outside venue that David owns underneath a disused railway line, equidistant from Bedford, Northampton and Milton Keynes. This was one of the few venues that could operate with social distancing in place during the summer of 2020 and where they ran everything from Shakespeare to Richard Digance through the summer months.

David has been involved in light entertainment for many years, even going back as far as working on a production with Norman Wisdom in London. He has a knack of keeping in touch with everyone he's worked with and would bring such people as Chas and Dave, Kenny Ball and Acker Bilk round to play locally when the chance arose.

His company also represent the stage rights for Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writers of Steptoe and Son and Hancock's Half Hour. He has recently negotiated permission with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to produce Porridge on stage although this is all hampered by the current situation and the availability of theatres.

Next year, at the Arches Theatre, he will produce Ripping Yarns, written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. This will be an interesting production as not only does one episode involve playing a football match, but also with the agreement of Michael Palin and the wife of the late Terry Jones, it has been decided that all the profits on this production will go to a dementia charity as Terry Jones died as a result of dementia, as did David's father and uncle.