A survey released by CheapCarRental.net reviewed rental car rates for the cheapest available vehicle at 50 U.S. destinations. USA Today reported several years ago that taxes and fees for renting a car at Kansas City International Airport could total 35 percent of the bottom-line cost. At the time, the newspaper identified the following additions to your KCI bill: “a $4-a-day charge to pay for a downtown sports arena, a $5-a-day charge for construction of a consolidated rental car facility, an ‘airport access fee’ of about $12 and state and local sales taxes totaling about $14.” Today, things aren’t any better. My search for a compact car for 24 hours this weekend yielded a $20-a-day vehicle, but with more than $16 in fees and taxes. That’s 45 percent of the bottom-line cost.
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Middle-Aged Men Available for Rental in Japan
But did you know you can also pay middle-aged men for their avuncular presence on shopping trips and for life advice? A service called Ossan Rental reportedly has 50-plus customers, mostly female, who pay 1000/hour for the company of an ossan, which is a “somewhat rude word for middle-aged dudes,” Kotaku reports . The company employs two ossans: a 65-year-old former pro property management in maryland baseball player and a “45-year-old fashion producer that is misunderstood and jiggy,” according to a Google translation of the latter’s Twitter feed . Japanese blog Nari Nari lists recommended uses for ossans: “Test drive car,” “preview new condominium purchase,” “lunch with love advice.” I initially assumed Ossan Rental were a respect-for-elders reinvention of Japanese “host clubs,” but when I realized 1000/hour equates to $10/hour, I lost the ability to assimilate the information entirely. Is it rude to offer a wise elder less money than the average American babysitter makes , just to chill?
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