London - Writers hoping to contact elusive billionaire Spoof website owner Mark Lowton got a shock this morning when the new messaging service fee came into effect.
The measure is thought to be a practical solution to the thousands of cyber begging letters, demands for publishing royalties and writing fees that inundate the editorial inbox.
Speaking from his offshore tax haven holiday hideaway this morning Lowton said 'WTF?' as news of the charge imposition broke.
The low-profile satire editor is notoriously difficult to pin down on occasion amid rumors he's about to float his billion dollar pickled egg global empire on the London Stock Exchange.
In an average year Lowton receives an estimated 1 million+ private messages in his Spoof inbox, mostly from assorted Pulitzer wannabes and trolls booted off Farcebook and other 'comedy' sites.
Last year he famously saw off a sustained cyber attack from unknown sources subsequently linked to George Dubya Bush after the Texan's Spoof writer's account was found to be spamming rubbish.
A proposed European Union 20% transaction tax on the new messaging fee is thought to be in the pipeline after EU Head of Domination Herman Van Rompuy's latest Entertainment and Gossip submission was turned down for the umpteenth time.
A pint of milk's just gone up to 85p.