Bankers were left livid today after receiving a bill for £800 million pounds. However, it wasn't the size of the bill that left them irate, rather the £25 charge for the letter telling them that payment was required.
"This is completely unreasonable" complained one banker. "We understand that we owe this money, and we fully intend to pay, but to be charged £25 for the letter informing us is absolutely ridiculous. How much does it cost to send a letter? It must have taken a Treasury official about 10 minutes to type this out. And they sent it second class. This is just a scam to make more money out of people who are already struggling."
"I phoned the Treasury to complain on their 0870 number." said a banker from Lloyds. "After a 20 minute wait at 45p per minute I eventually got through to a call centre in India. They said they were sorry but the charge is quite clearly explained in their terms and conditions. They then asked if I was thinking of re-mortgaging in the near future."
"We have been given 14 days to pay the £800,000,025 other wise another letter will be sent incurring further charges. How are we ever supposed to pay this off if they keep adding to the debt?"