The Single Tax: Why Did Derby Couples Get a Sweet Deal?

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Animal Kingdom won the Derby. Animal couplings got a sweet deal at a Dallas Derby fest.
And they're off...discriminating against singles again. That's right, Park Place Volvo's Day at the Races 2011 charged single people more per ticket than couples. The Lee Park Junior Conservancy hosted the seersucker- and hat-filled Kentucky Derby Day event, which raised money for the development, conservation and maintenance of Lee Park and Arlington Hall.

Before the "most exciting two minutes in sports" took place, Derby watchers sipped on Veuve Clicquot before it ran out and dined on cucumber sandwiches, brisket and grits and turkey and ham sandwiches. They had their pictures taken with Chelsea Handler via a green screen, listened to Ricki Derek and his band, bid on silent auction items, smoked cigars and enjoyed all the pretty people watching.

Typically on Derby Day people are used to throwing down some coin on their favorite colored silk or name of a horse. Not so at Park Place Volvo's Day at the Races 2011. Conservancy member individual tickets were $75, while Conservancy member couples paid $110 total for two tickets. Non-member individual tickets were $95, while non-member couples tickets cost $135 total for both people. That means member individuals paid $20 more than their coupled up friends and non-member individuals were expected to pay $27.50 more than non-member couples. (Ticket price info gathered from here.)

In the midst of a mint julep fog, these discriminatory prices against singles raise philosophical questions. Do single people have more cash? Do couples get a deal because of the simple fact that they see each other -- and presumably only each other -- naked every once in a while?

Whatever the answer to those questions, some Derby fans found a way to game the system. No one had to exhibit a wedding or engagement ring upon check-in to show he or she was the second half of a couple. And proper Southern manners prevented men from being expected to dump out the contents of their pockets and women from overturning their pocketbooks to show if they had toted condoms along for future couple-like behavior after an afternoon of Champagne and Belvedere vodka in the sun. As a result, single people bought couple priced tickets with a friends, instead of dates, to save some cash allowing them to bet more on which horse would win, place or show.

Just goes to show that single Dallas Derby watchers enjoyed mixing fun and philanthropy, rather than getting scared off by that six-letter word C-O-U-P-L-E. They bet on hope...that a future suitor would want to see what was under their impressive hats.

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Dual Income Screw Job
Dual Income Screw Job

Boo f-ing hoo. To answer your question, yes single people have more cash thanks to our money-grubbing government. Double the Single tax brackets, compare to Married-Filing-Jointly, and get back to us.

TLS
TLS

Ok, let me explain simple economics and business to you. The sponsors would rather sell two tickets than one so of course they will price two tickets purchased together as an incentive to buying two tickets purchased separately. They don't care if the two people have been together for decades or if they just met outside at the turnstile. Two people have two sets of eyes to see the advertising, two people who can tip their servers, two people who will possibly support the cause the following year. It has nothing to do with discriminating single people.

G_David
G_David

Volume discount - just like when you buy the gigantic box of Tide, you pay less per ounce. No big whoop.

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