When you eat out, do you examine the check carefully?
You might want to start taking a closer look. A NewsChannel 13 producer visited two restaurants over the weekend and noticed an extra charge.
When a business accepts credit or debit cards, it pays a percentage fee to the card processor. Fees can vary from 1% to 5%.
You may not have had to pay these fees, but some restaurants are starting to pass credit card fees on to consumers. Can they do this? The short answer is yes.
The practice of surtaxing is prohibited by New York State under Section 518 of the General Business Law, unless businesses use the exceptions.
For example, companies should display the higher credit card price labeled as the “regular price,” but may offer a discount to people who pay cash.
NewsChannel 13 reached out to the New York State Attorney General’s office to ask what consumers should know. They provided us with a link to file a complaint in case something went wrong.