Things That Grind My Gears
- Paying a higher copay than Patient Joe. Why is my copay for the doctor's office $30? Why did some unsuspecting, lazy soul forget his receipt, leaving it conveniently on the floor, allowing me to learn that he pays a $15 copay instead? We're seeing the same doctor! $15 difference? I don't understand. Also, this doctor just looked at me and said "Let's run more tests." I paid $30 to hear that? Couldn't you have faxed me a test order or something? You asked me no questions.
- Paying a copay to hear test results. Well, now blogland will assume I'm dying - I assure you, I am not. I had some bloodwork done, and my doctor had me schedule an appointment to hear the test results. Seven minutes cost me $40. (Yes, $40. The specialist doctor then sent me to the general doctor, thus, the differences in copays. You read that correctly.) You couldn't just call me up and tell me? You still had to charge me the $40.
- Not being rewarded for loyalty. Listen up, DirecTV/Comcast/Cox/[insert cable company here], I have been a loyal customer to you for years. Why do you offer better rates to new customers and I get to pay a higher price for less service/packages? Don't you love me? Should I just switch cable providers every year to play their game?
- Again, not being rewarded for loyalty. Cable companies aside, why do I not have incentive programs? Starbucks gives me cheaper drinks and a free one every 15 drinks. Capital One gives me insane rewards points when I use their card. Hello, Wawa gasoline and KFC, I pick you guys over the competitors everytime. You're my go-to for gas or fast food. Can I get a rewards program please? Hook a sister up!
- Supermarket loyalty cards. I have four different grocery store loyalty cards. Most people have multiple cards. Safeway, Giant, Superfresh, Food Lion, can we just cut the crap and offer me the lowest price everytime? Why do I need a card to get it? That doesn't make me come back to your store. I choose the grocery store based on two questions: "Am I buying produce?" and "Which store is more convenient when I am running errands?" Usually, I end up just going the Safeway because it has less people in the grocery store to begin with.
Are there any things that really annoy you? Share them!
I'd love to know that I'm not the only person who is complaining about things beyond their control.