You Are Forgiven
SUBJECT: I FUCKED UP
Someone must know and it might as well be you. I was on an airplane and signed up for Boingo Wireless and I chose the recurring monthly plan because it was initially cheaper than a one time use plan (thrifty). But then I forgot to cancel it and it charged me $5 for two months and then $10 for one month before I noticed, and also, on that last charge my bank account balance was overdrawn so I got a $30 overdraft fee. I hate myself. —Megan
SUBJECT: RE: I FUCKED UP
DEAR MEGAN, You paid $50 to access the internet during a flight, which is totally reasonable. Airports and airplanes are weird places where money has no value and mediocre bloody mary’s are $12 and that’s okay. If that $50 was frontended on the cost of your plane ticket, you’d hardly notice— totally negligible. This is fine. This is a sunk cost. Don’t worry about it. Bygones.
If you’d like to take some positive steps (though, I do think just forgetting this ever happened is as positive as you can get), perhaps you might try to make a small effort to remember in the future that you don’t like to deal with canceling things. Maybe think twice before you partake in deals that will involve later cancelation. If you forget this, that’s okay, too. Some lessons have to be learned many times and some lessons are never learned at all. Also if you’re feeling up for it, maybe call or email your bank and ask for them to refund for the overdraft fee. Some people do this all the time to great success. I’ve done it once and it worked but ultimately wasn’t worth the stress I felt talking myself into making the phonecall. Also I have been conditioned to think that the bank totally reasonable in charging me $30 each time someone wants to take a dollar out of my account, if that dollar isn’t there. Whichever path you choose, choose it happily. You’re great. We’re all going to be okay.