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Some years ago, I went to the Bahamas with Chris Boardman, an Olympic gold medalist in cycling, and we spent a week at Bluff House on Green Turtle Cay in the Abaco chain. The rooms were prepaid, thanks to Diver magazine, my employer at the time, but I planned to cover the cost of our meals in the excellent, but expensive, restaurant. What I was not expecting was an additional charge of $1,000 for "Use of the Facilities." Because we were out diving with Brendal's Dive Center every day, the boardwalk between our rooms and the restaurant was the only "facility" we ever used. But I paid without making a fuss -- I was on assignment and using Diver's expense account, so it didn't hit my pocketbook, but still, it was an outrageous amount. Then I settled down outside the hotel's reception to see reactions of other guests as they went to pay their bills. The shocked look on the face of a father of four as he stumbled out of the lobby told me this was not a cost expected by any guest....


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