Last night I went into a bar to buy a six-pack of Red Stripe. For those not familiar with PA’s nonsensical Blue Laws, bars are the only places you can buy a six-pack after the only other outlets (pizza joints with liquor licenses) close.
I handed over my VISA card, only to be very rudely informed that it wouldn’t be accepted for purchases under $10.
I politely told the bartender that that kind of shit is against VISA’s regulations, but she would hear none of it. I ended up having to buy things I didn’t even want just to get my total up to that magical number.
Now, I can sympathize with the fact that that VISA is taking a cut out of the purchase, but if businesses don’t like that, there is nothing stopping them from refusing to accept VISA.
Sure, they might lose a few customers that way, but they already lost a customer by requiring me to buy shit I didn’t want to get the one thing I did want.
I’ve already called VISA and my bank (well, I left a message with my bank - it’s Saturday morning).
The Indian VISA call center lady did indeed confirm that I was in the right after consulting with her supervisor.