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237. The Rental Car (2)
Ryan and Amelia traveled in the rented Buick
Tucson to attend a weekend gem and mineral
; the big national show was every April. They
browsed. Amelia was partial to natural, unpolished stones.
that she particularly liked was priced at $1,600. “
’ll get that one as soon as we hit
lotto,” Ryan promised her. She rolled her eyes.
back from Tucson, Ryan swerved into the emergency
to avoid a ladder in the number four
. The emergency lane itself had pieces of metal
other trash in it, but he safely evaded
ladder. Ten miles later, he saw a bumper
the fast lane and a wheel rim in
number two lane. “These freeways are turning into
,” Ryan muttered. They returned the rental car at
:45 p.m. Sunday.
The bill in today’s mail was
$430.55, charged to Ryan’s VISA card. Apparently, some
from the emergency lane had damaged the Buick’s
conditioning system. “I told you to buy their
insurance,” Amelia yelled. “When are you going to
Ryan said that he wasn’t going
pay this bill. That Buick air conditioner had
died last November, he thought. He dialed VISA
dispute the bill. If VISA didn’t help him
the bill, he’d talk to his own auto
company. Surely they would reimburse him if he
to pay this bill.