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Free Money!

No, unfortunately, not for you, but for me!

As many of you may recall, I went to see the Cubs play in Toronto last summer. Today, I received a letter from the Blue Jays that read, in part, as follows:

"As you may be aware, the Ontario government announced a retail sales tax ("RST") holiday from May 1, 2003 to September 30, 2003 affecting purchases of admission to places of amusement including Toronto Blue Jays home games. As a result, our records indicate that you are entitled to a sales tax refund of $19.10."

That's about $1.50 US. No, just kidding. It's really about $14.75 in US dollars. The letter goes on to show the formula by which they calculated the refund, along with an offer to credit it to games in 2004. Well, I'd think about it if the Cubs were playing there again, but since they're not, I called them and asked for a check. (Or in Canadian, a "cheque".)

Hey, we did our part to support the Toronto economy during SARS time. It's nice to know that somewhere, government incentives are not only (a) being given, but (b) actually being given in an efficient fashion.