Roger M. Kaye
A retired physicist reinvented as thriller novels writer

A Hot Topic

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BMW charging owners £15 a month to switch on heated seats … that are already in the car
(The Telegraph 14 July 2022)

This is a very good idea and should be extended far beyond the seats. It should not be difficult to charge for using the direction indicators; 5 agorot per flash should make drivers think twice before leaving them on while sitting at a traffic light, in the compulsory left-hand turn lane. Where else would they be going?

The horn would, of course, provide BMW with a good source of income. There would be a different charge for a few short beeps and a long, never-ending, three o’clock in the morning “beep”.

Car horns are used 40 times more often in China than in Europe. Lots of opportunity for BMW to increase its profits.

In Finland, however, honking means you’re in danger. There is a £16 fine if you honk for any other reason. That’s more than you’ve paid to turn on your heated seats.
And, if you want to experience horn-free driving, try Kathmandu where horns have been banned since 2017. However, almost 11,000 fines for horn use were issued in the first few weeks after the ban was introduced.

Our cars can serve as an example for many other items that are there to serve us.
The television could provide a blank screen unless you want to watch something. A small charge, to turn it on, would not be unreasonable. Want to open the refrigerator? For your convenience it accepts all major credit cards. And the rubbish bin is waiting for your rubbish. Just make sure you don’t have a rubbish credit card as it won’t open.

And, of course, who could object to paying to read your daily blog. Please note that I can only accept cash, and I don’t want any heated arguments. After all, I am the one in the hot seat.

About the Author
The author has been living in Rehovot since making Aliya in 1970. A retired physicist, he divides his time between writing adventure novels, getting his sometimes unorthodox views on the world into print, and working in his garden. An enthusiastic skier and world traveller, the author has visited many countries. His first novels "Snow Job - a Len Palmer Mystery" and "Not My Job – a Second Len Palmer Mystery" are published for Amazon Kindle. The author is currently working on the third Len Palmer Mystery - "Do Your Job".
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