My vehicle happens to be registered to my company, which gets a lot of mail. And so, somehow the registration renewal got misplaced, and hence, didn’t get paid and renewed by the Oct 16 deadline. Alright; so I’m going to get smacked with a late fee. Fine.
OK, this isn’t about the general illegitimacy of the state, but let’s just figure you’d pay something equivalent to an annual vehicle registration in some form or another anyway. But would you pay a 60% late charge, or would the company end up being burned to the ground by outraged customers?
Yep, as if $383 for a year’s "registration" isn’t already ridiculous (get over it: it’s just another euphemism for a "tax," itself an euphemism for robbery). Now they impose and additional $222 for a "late fee," which is just an excuse to steal even more — at loan-shark rates that’d make Corleone blush. So, a late $383 "registration" is now a $605 "registration," for a single year’s operation in this "great state." You know, I might get a bit pissed at a 10% late fee, but it’d be mostly at myself for letting it slide: precisely the reasonable justification for a late fee.
And they wonder why people generally hate them so much. Think about it, Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the California Assembly, and George Valverde. I’ve got nothing but contempt for you; and I don’t think too many reading this would begrudge it.