so hear comes through the door the magic bank statement, i look down to see if my cheque has cleared for my mess bill and da daahh no it hasn't even been paid in!! i love the fact that you pay mess bills on time to the appropriate people and they can't even do their half of the job so no doubt next week i'll be before the SMI again..... Â£185 outstanding albeit i have a cheque book that has nigh on 12 cheque receipts for mess bills!! the other very alarming point is the fact that in the last 18 months i have spent over 11 out of bed on courses etc and short tours yet because i am in station for 1 day of the month albeit a friday when the mess is closed for stock taking i still have to pay the extra Â£7.50 that those not in station that 'month' don't have to pay....is it me or is the mess becoming one of the biggest robbing bastad facilities going? mess do's used to eat all of the extra money people had paid however now araspack run them we have to pay for the booze at some shitty band and some crap carnival the local pikies are over charging for... me thinks that the old system of mess bills needs a hasty review and overall should be binned! Our mess consists little more of a bar in a large crap village hall with some 1960's carpet..hardly worth paying Â£15 a month for... Now am i just disillusioned and have been in the worse 3 messes in the army or do some messes nowadays really work for the men that use them? and yes i know that no amount of moaning will ever get any of the problems sorted because what the fuck do the top brass care for, they always get their tea and toast and general piss up nights!