Have You Seen A Vending Machine That Imposes Credit Card Surcharges?

We see what you did there.

We see what you did there.

It used to be that if a retailer charged a fee or surcharge to use a credit card, that violated their merchant agreement with the credit card companies, and they got in trouble. Those heady days are over, and it’s now cool for merchants to impose surcharge on your purchases with plastic. And so it begins. Here’s one spotted in the wild on a vending machine.

Reader G. spotted this sign at an upstate New York gym, and says that he’s seen others in airports. You’ll notice, though, that this is a good old-fashioned “cash discount” sign, and not a credit card surcharge. That’s because it was in New York, one of the states where such charges are actually illegal.

So we’re calling on you, the Consumerist Nation, to snap pictures of vending machine credit card surcharge signs when you see them. Where are they? How are they worded? What city and state did you find them in? We want to know.

Send them to us at tips@consumerist.com, or snap their picture using our world-semi-famous tipster app for iOS and for Android.

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