After having a drunken conversation at the bar the other night we wondered if any units pay mess bills by direct debit. Our mess is run by those masters of trash - sodexho. They will not (find it too difficult) set up DD payments (it's not in the contract). Thye only take cheques or cash. Then they hold onto the money for 3 months before giving it back to the mess funds (it's in the contract). This enables them to earn lots of interest on the money until we get it back (it's probably in the contract). We also cannot have a bar tab or cash cheques at the bar (it's in the contract). I can't understand why in this day and age subs can't paid by variable direct debit on the first of the month, and bar bills are settled by cash or cheque.