So which is it?

The city of Waterloo, Canada, where I currently live, requires dog owners to buy a dog tag licence every year. The bottom of the application form has this ominous threat:

Failure to purchase a Dog Licence before March 1 may result in a $125.00 fine and a $30.00 victim surcharge.

Now who would the victim be? My dog, because she doesn’t have a license? Or me, because I’m paying a $30.00 victim surcharge for a victimless bylaw infraction?

Yet the back of the application form lists the licence fees for purchase before March 1 AND after March 1. So they’ll take your money after March 1 too, but you just might get a fine as well.

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