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You know what really grinds my gears? Places that charge a service fee for using Interac...

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It's like, hey, I came into your store for the two-item combo. I'm paying like nine bucks for a dollar's worth of food, but I still get hoodwinked for a 25 cent service fee for using my debit card?

You should be taking 25 cents off of my bill because I am making it that much easier for you to run the books.

So no, you can just scrape that greasy food back into the trough because this cowboy doesn't take kindly to shenanigans.

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I don't think they're actually allowed to do that. Seem to remember hearing if they do that you can report them to Interac...or maybe it's whichever company they have the machine from..? Either way, look in to it if it bothers you, I think you have some sort of recourse and they get fined or something.

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While it's annoying, most businesses do this, whether you know it or not - most of them just include the fee in their prices.

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Complain to Interac - they are charging companies an extortion rate amount of money to use their service.

When I started working for Petro Canada back in 2001, they were in the middle of a project whereby they were going to look after their own transactions and bulk submit them daily to the banks - by doing this (instead of being charged for every customer transaction) they saved almost a million dollars a month.

So don't blame the businesses, especially say the small business guy. Blame Interac.

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True story.

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While it's annoying, most businesses do this, whether you know it or not - most of them just include the fee in their prices.

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Annoys the crap out of me too, and technically they can't do it. Just politely say you'll take your business elsewhere if they charge you.

The thing is, though, as others have mentioned, those little family-run mom and pop grocery stores and corner stores get ripped off by Interac up the whazoo, which is why they have no choice but to charge. So while annoying, it's understandable.

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There's been places like Dairy Queen pulling this nonsense on me.

We should start a Canada-wide boycott on places that charge the customer service fees.

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You know what grinds my gears? People who can't drive standard. Screws up the clutch and the transmission.

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There's been places like Dairy Queen pulling this nonsense on me.

We should start a Canada-wide boycott on places that charge the customer service fees.

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There's been places like Dairy Queen pulling this nonsense on me.

We should start a Canada-wide boycott on places that charge the customer service fees.

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It's like, hey, I came into your store for the two-item combo. I'm paying like nine bucks for a dollar's worth of food, but I still get hoodwinked for a 25 cent service fee for using my debit card?

You should be taking 25 cents off of my bill because I am making it that much easier for you to run the books.

So no, you can just scrape that greasy food back into the trough because this cowboy doesn't take kindly to shenanigans.

It's actually harder to "run the books" because they have to make the additional journal entry to debit service charges they incur from allowing you to use the debit card. They also have to make another journal entry to the receivable account of the bank until they receive the cash, and reverse that entry when they do receive the cash.

But then again, if they didn't offer debit and credit services, they would lose sales to vendors who do.

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