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Submission + - Pay to Pay

theodp writes: Could you get away with charging your employer $3.95 every time it electronically deposits a paycheck in your bank account? Don't be ridiculous! But that doesn't stop some companies from demanding a fee even when you pay your bills on time online. CBS Chicago is outraged that Peoples Gas charges a $3.95 minimum service fee if you pay online with a debit card, credit card or check, and ComEd charges a $3.50 convenience fee for credit, debit, or E-check payments made via the phone or online. Pay at the last minute and things could get worse — Macy's credit card holder Christa was quoted a fee of $14 (the fee is unlisted online) to pay her $5 balance by phone on the due date. 'It's just unacceptable that businesses charge you a fee for the privilege of paying for the service that you're already paying for,' said Ed Mierzwinski of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. Got any other candidates for the Pay-to-Pay Hall of Shame?

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