WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) The Riverside Cafe in Wichita was ordered to pay greater than $60,000 on Tuesday for charging a four-percent charge to clients who used debit and bank cards.
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We instructed you in regards to the judgment earlier within the week.
The massive query lots of you had: why is it okay for metropolis and state authorities to do it if it isn’t okay for a non-public enterprise?
The Sedgwick County District Lawyer’s Workplace says Kansas state legislation clearly solutions the query.
Two Kansas statutes take care of the query of transaction charges within the state. One states personal companies can’t impose a surcharge on a buyer primarily based on how they select to pay. The opposite states a metropolis can set a further charge for these opting to make use of a bank card, however just one equal to what town has to pay to make that transaction undergo.
Basically, when a enterprise or authorities entity runs a bank card, they’re charged a charge. Authorities companies within the State of Kansas can cross that charge onto shoppers, however personal companies can’t.
A enterprise can as a substitute provide a “money low cost.” This implies a enterprise can elevate their costs to make up for the charge they’re charged after which provide a lower cost to those who pay money. The district legal professional’s workplace says it is about reality in promoting in order that the patron is aware of the precise worth.
The federal government can cost a surcharge charge as a result of, not like a enterprise, it’s not a revenue generator. If the federal government does not cross the surcharge on to the taxpayer, then it could come out of providers like fireplace and police.
Lastly, what about comfort charges?
You usually incur that price when paying for issues like tickets or different on-line purchases. The district legal professional’s workplace says these charges should not immediately hooked up to paying by bank card and should embody different providers which will the shopping for experiences extra handy.