I received this e-mail a couple of weeks ago, but only got around to answering it at the weekend. Its interesting as it could be a sign of what restaurants and retailers in general might start doing to boost their incomes to make up for their drop in sales.
I was in a coffee shop yesterday and they had a sign on the till explaining that they charge 30c on credit and Laser card transactions due to the administration costs to them. Is this even legal?
I suppose what we’re seeing here is the the TicketMaster or Ryanair online credit card surcharge being brought into the food services sector.
That in itself is a little worrying, especially if it catches on across the wider retail sector. And given the drop in sales, it might be a way for them to bump their income a bit more.
I don’t think that there are any legal issues in this as long as you’re informed about the charge up front. I know that there was talk from Michael Martin when he was minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment about banning credit card surcharges, but he chickened out and it didn’t go anywhere.
I guess the only thing is to avoid anywhere that tries this one on, or stick with cash.