Ahh, the Church never ceases to amaze me. We received a letter recently saying they were going to charge $10 per grave per year for maintenance. Now we don't have graves, but we do have lots. Who the hell charges on lots?!
So I called and said, "Ya know, we've decided to be cremated so we don't need these lots anymore and we'd like to get our $ back."
She said, "Would you like to just donate that $ to the Church?"
When I stopped belly laughing five minutes later, I said, "No, I'd like my $ back."
She said, "We'll have to deduct $100 from that for care."
I'm like, "Whoa. Care of what?"
She said, "When you first bought your graves, you paid $100 on top of the price for perpetual care. We'll have to take that back."
I said, "Ok, maybe I'm not understanding you correctly because I thought "perpetual" meant "for the life of" something. That being the case, why are you asking for $10 a year per grave now?"
She hesitated a moment, then said, "Well, that was how it was originally set up, but they need more money for care now."
There's gonna be a LOOOOOOT of pissed off parishoners in that Church. When I asked her how she could charge us ANYTHING because we never really had graves on the lots, she said, "Well, we still have to trim the lots."
What a bunch of shit. They'll take my $100, and turn right around and re-sell the lots and get another $100 from some other sucker.