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Internet criticizes ‘absurd’ taxes and fees that increased the costs of staying in hotels

One Reddit user was under the impression that staying overnight at a hotel in Seattle would be set at a specific rate, but the additional fees and taxes caused a strong tilt.

Shared on the “Mildly Infuriating” forum by u/headache-ho on Sunday, the post has amassed nearly 19,000 upvotes.

“I was told parking would be $37,” the post caption read.

Above, a stock image of a hotel guest leaving his room. A Reddit user shared the bill he received for a hotel stay, showing fees and taxes that caused a steep increase in the final cost.
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These types of fees, also known as “resort fees,” can range from $20 to $90, CBS News reported. The outlet said that many hotels do not “easily disclose” these rates while people are making a reservation and some people are unaware of the rates even when they check in.

“Most travelers only find out when they check out and find out how much their room really costs,” CBS reported, saying that guests rarely want services included in rates.

The Reddit post featured an image that offered a breakdown of the fees and charges associated with a Reddit user’s stay.

Overnight parking was $37, but additional fees, including parking taxes and general sales tax, caused the rate to increase.

While those increased the price of the bill by about $13, the culprit for the big increase was a $24.95 “utility fee.”

Redditor was expected to pay around $75 in total fees.

Fellow Reddit took to the comments section with their thoughts, some of whom joked about the numerous taxes being added to the base fare.

“What’s happening [snack] tax? Lunch tax? Tax on afternoon tea? Dinner tax? Dinner tax?” one Reddit user joked.

“And the tax on life and the tax on breathing,” commented another Reddit user.

Others, however, were stunned by the final cost.

“I mean taxes are taxes,” one Reddit user wrote. “As long as they are all real government taxes and not so-called fees, that happens. But the utility fee that basically doubles the price is absurd and should be challenged.”

“I feel like the utility fee, which is 70% of the cost of parking, is robbery in and of itself,” read one comment.

“I would discuss this with the credit card company,” one Reddit user wrote. “Fares should not double the price quoted.”

Another questioned whether the service fee covered a hotel guest’s time in the spa or other facility.

“Your response regarding the Amenity Fee: ‘The daily Amenity Fee is listed separately from the room rate to clarify its purpose, it is to help mitigate the costs of the services provided with your stay (coffee, water , tea, high-speed wifi, etc.) ‘” said u/headache-ho. “I didn’t even connect to wifi or drink the coffee, lol.”

news week has reached out to u/headache-ho for further comment.

Other online posts have also drawn strong comments.

A man shared in his own now-viral post that his wife received a note telling her not to park near her neighbor’s apartment unless she was prepared to accept potential damage to the vehicle.

Another man said he discovered a half-hidden camera in the Airbnb where he was staying. A post about a pit bull freely roaming a neighbor’s yard sparked a debate among Reddit users.

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