Reverse the charges

French translation: vire les frais

13:23 Mar 16, 2018
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English term or phrase: Reverse the charges
Hi,

Dialogue in a movie that I struggle to translate.

The movie is a comedy/drama from the 90s. The scene takes place in the US in the 90s, in a shop. Two men are buying a jacket. It seems to be a difficult time financially for the characters and for the country.

Shop assistant: Peter, can I speak to you a minute?
Shop assistant: The card's been declined.
Friend: A collect call from reality.
Peter: You know what I say to reality?
Peter: I say...
Peter: reverse the charges --Peter's holding a gold card for payment with a big smile on his face, as if he was acting in a commercial. Then end of the scene.

How would you translated "reverse the charges".

I thought about putting "note de frais". But I wish I knew what it meant exactly. After I'll be free to choose the most appropriate option.

Can you help me ?

Thank you.
Laeti
Laetitia Pellegrini
France
Local time: 05:58
French translation:vire les frais
Explanation:
Reverse the charges is an old US expression applied to phone calls. It means the receiver of the phone call will pay for the call, not the caller. In French, they say 'appeler en PCV'. In the US, they say 'collect call'.

Peter himself said 'a collect call from reality'. This means that reality called him and, as a result, he will pay for his purchase, not with his rejected card, but with the gold card he is showing ('Peter\'s holding a gold card for payment with a big smile on his face, as if he was acting in a commercial. Then end of the scene')


https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/rever...

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Note added at 1 hr (2018-03-16 15:04:45 GMT)
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On peut aussi dire VIREZ les frais
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Francois Boye
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Local time: 23:58
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reverse the charges
vire les frais


Explanation:
Reverse the charges is an old US expression applied to phone calls. It means the receiver of the phone call will pay for the call, not the caller. In French, they say 'appeler en PCV'. In the US, they say 'collect call'.

Peter himself said 'a collect call from reality'. This means that reality called him and, as a result, he will pay for his purchase, not with his rejected card, but with the gold card he is showing ('Peter\'s holding a gold card for payment with a big smile on his face, as if he was acting in a commercial. Then end of the scene')


https://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/rever...

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Note added at 1 hr (2018-03-16 15:04:45 GMT)
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On peut aussi dire VIREZ les frais

Francois Boye
United States
Local time: 23:58
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Grading comment
Thanks a lot

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agree  AllegroTrans: virer les frais, ou bien contrepasser les frais
17 mins
  -> Thanks!

neutral  Françoise Vogel: Est-ce une expression canadienne ? J'entends la traduction proposée.
4 hrs
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