Time for a Change

Our transportation, accommodation, food and entertainment cost so far

Aug 20 ~ Day #102
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Current Location: Vacation Village at Parkway, Kissimmee, Florida

Transportation: $49.48
Accommodation: $30.00
Food: $68.62

Today’s Total Expenses: $148.10

Time for a Change

We had booked two weeks in the Orlando area using our timeshare, but at different resorts. That meant we needed to check out of Wyndham today and check into Vacation Village.

Check out time, which apparently is strictly enforced by the use of penalties (like a $100 fee if you check out late), is at 10:00am. We were a bit rushed but managed to make it in time.

Check-in time, however, is usually about 4:00pm. So, we thought we’d probably have some time to kill between condos.

Hoping our condo might be ready, we decided to go directly to Vacation Village at Parkway. As luck would have it, our condo was available and we were able to check in at 10:30am!

This made it very convenient as we didn’t have to worry about the frozen and refrigerated food we were bringing with us from the previous condo.

Parking Pass – Really?

As at the other condo, after we were checked in (oh, and this resort requires a $100 refundable damage deposit that was not required at Wyndham), we were directed to Guest Services to obtain our parking pass for the week.

The gentleman at Guest Services welcomed us, gave us each a welcome gift (a plastic toiletries bag containing shampoo, conditioner and shower gel) and then proceeded to sign us up for an owner’s lunch, tour of their new model and a survey.

We asked if they were going to try to sell us more timeshare and the answer, of course, was a resounding “no” but, yes, we knew better.

And, as usual, they wanted a $20.00 refundable deposit to “reserve our space for lunch”. And, of course, they were offering us discounted tickets for 2 to the Arabian Nights Dinner Show for only $20.00 (hmmm … how convenient that our deposit would cover that) or an $80.00 gift card. But, we didn’t need to decide which gift we wanted until after the lunch.

They had space for us on Sunday or Monday, so we chose Monday. More about this on Monday …

Gas Price Rip-Off

After finding our condo and bringing everything up from the car, we headed out for some groceries and gas.

We had passed a gas station a day or two before that advertised gas at $2.52/gal. That’s the best price we had seen and it was a Shell Station. The next cheapest price was $2.54/gal. We were almost empty so saving a couple of cents per gallon seemed like a good idea.

As we always do, we swiped our credit card at the pump and began to fill our tank.

Don’t ask me why I looked at the price per gallon that was actually displayed in the selected grade part of the pump, but for some reason I did and it displayed $2.64/gal – WHAT?!?

We stopped pumping and I went inside to ask about the discprepancy. Apparently the $2.52/gal was for cash only – and – sure enough – on the sign, in tiny letters, was the word “cash” under the price.

But, when others were charging $2.54 and credit was okay, how could this Shell Station possibly justify charging $2.64/gal when using a credit card?

We immediately stopped pumping on credit at just over $13.00 and paid cash for the rest.

But that didn’t stop us from feeling like we’d been ripped-off and mislead.

If you don’t watch every minute some greedy bastard is going to try to take advantage of you.

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