Federal suit cleared way for cash-price gas signs
News from OCRegister:

A federal anti-trust case cleared the way for service station operators to charge separate prices for cash and credit-card payments, which have been flourishing in Orange County and throughout the state for the past six to eight months, an industry spokesman said.

The dual pricing emerged after credit-card titans MasterCard and Visa reached a court settlement in late 2010 with the U.S. Department of Justice, said Jay McKeeman, spokesman for the California Independent Oil Marketers Association in Sacramento.

Dual pricing of gasoline – unnoticed by many motorists until the recent spike in pump prices – started with independent stations and has been picking up steam in recent months, spreading to major brands. Under a federal court settlement approved in late 2010, Visa and MasterCard dropped its ban on discounts for cash payments.
Click on slide show to see reader photos of cash-price signs in and around Orange County.



The dual pricing – unnoticed by many motorists until the recent spike in pump prices – started with independent stations and has been…………… continues on OCRegister

… Read the full article

Related News:

Library late fees can now be paid by credit card
News from Columbus Ledger-Enquirer:

Denise Huckaby brought a stack of books to the circulation desk at the Columbus Public Library Monday and got a shock.

“I owed $ 20,” the 52-year-old Columbus woman said, as she headed toward the exit.

She didn’t have the cash to cover the cost of the overdue fines and was unable to check out any more items at that time.

“Frustrating” was how she described the experience.

What she didn’t realize at the time was that such fines can now be paid with a Visa or MasterCard.

Since the beginning of the year, patrons of Chattahoochee Valley Libraries have been able to use their charge cards for fines and fees at any branch. The minimum fine for card use is $ 5.

“We are definitely seeing an increase in collections since we began this,” Henry McCoy, library programming and communications coordinator, said. “It is a great convenience for people because they can go to the website and pay online.”

Though he could not recall any particularly high fine paid, McCoy said some people will check out as many as 40 items and have them all overdue.

“That gets expensive,” he said.

Sometimes, someone will lose an item and must replace it.

“Even staffers forget, sometimes,” McCoy said.

The overdue fine is 25 cents per day per item. Overdue fines for laptops are $ …………… continues on Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

… Read the full article