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Paying bills in instalments either saves you a shitload of panic trying to find cash in one bulk or it sits painfully on your shoulders month after month.
Sometimes, it's just easier for everyone involved to just pay the bulk sum of cash, especially when the grand total comes to an astonishing 1p.
That's how much Bath and North East Somerset Council charged Tim Quaife, reassuring him that he could, if he preferred, pay the balance in instalments, reports the Metro.
Despite the fact it costs more money to send it than it did to collect the outstanding penny, the council don't like feeling short-changed, because after all, if you look after the pennies, the pounds will look after themselves.
The 68-year-old retired funeral director was told the charge was due to a change in his pension credit payments.
In actual fact, after checking with the Department of Work and Pensions, he was told he shouldn't have been expected to pay back any money at all.
"Pathetic isn't the word. Things like this, it's absolutely ridiculous," Quaife said. "Taxpayers' money is going to be wasted. It has cost them 53p to send the letter out Second Class to me."
Thanks to Quaife's quick reaction to question the debt, the council agreed to waive the 1p charge. That must be the first case of the council letting anyone off paying anything, ever!
Words by Hamish Kilburn
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