I get stiffed on my cancellation fee more than any other lady I know. I'm not sure why. It's very straightforward, you're asked to agree to it at booking, and my time is just as valuable as anyone else's. If you cancel within 48 hours, or don't show, you owe the fee, period, regardless of the reason for the cancel.
You know how many guys I've had suddenly have "food poisoning", "dead relatives", and even "organ transplants"??? I'm waiting for the guy that has a relative that gets food poisoning, subsequently needs a transplant and then dies...It's an epidemic, a plague, something...I'm surprised half the population isn't 6 feet under just in this month alone.
It's something we ladies hear on a regular basis and unfortunately it's usually not at all true. It's as if the more grandiose or extreme the reason, the more we'll be willing to just throw our hands up and accept being dicked over last minute. All of mine lately wanted to fight me over paying a cancellation fee and demanded leeway, etc. Your physician, dentist, hairdresser, etc. all do not accept this either. They all charge fees for last minute cancels. We are selling a luxury here, not water or air. We manage our days/expenses based on projected booked income, and we are usually out money spent already on incall reservations and other preparatory fees.
Things indeed really do happen. But I'm never able to re-book that last minute to recoup my booked income and very likely already denied your scheduled time/date many times to others. It's extremely frustrating. I get it, nobody likes to pay for something they didn't receive, but even when I get the fee I'm still out half of what I counted on. But be a man when you do owe it, pay it and move on. And please don't lie to me, I will find out...