Be careful using your card at car washes

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Be careful using your card at car washes

Postby MemberSince99 » Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:48 am

I used my US Bank Cash + card to get a car wash. The price was 3 dollars or at least that's what it said was being charged. Of course it gives you no receipt there is nothing to print one even there. I swipe the card, use less than the 3 dollars, turn if off, and go.

A few days later I find they billed my card 12 dollars.

Being there is no receipt, I'm sure US Bank will say there is no proof and it's my word against theirs and a good wholesome honest business wouldn't lie so it's obviously ME who is a con artist trying to gyp that poor business out of money.

And at that point, if it does happen, I'm going to tell US Bank to close this card and stick it where the sun doesn't shine.

I'm fully prepared to get screwed on this, but it's the principle to me more than the money. I already paid it, but why should we put up with being extorted by crooked businesses? They are clever to come up with these ways to legally steal from us, I will grant you but that doesn't make it right.

So be careful and make SURE you can get a receipt from these places if you can't, use cash or go elsewhere.

Stealing is legal in the US you just have to know how to do it. Do it wrong and they make an example of you - do it right and you make $$$.


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Postby jeffysdad » Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:11 am

You might try contacting the car wash. The place I used recently installed an autopay system. Part of the procedure is choosing which level of wash you want (there are at least four). The first few times I used it I found it to be very confusing. I could see how someone could select the wrong wash and not know it.

If the car wash won't work with you, then call USB. For a small charge they might just credit it back without discussion. I've had that happen with other banks before.
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Postby Vermonster » Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:25 am

I had a similar thing happen at a bar when I was younger. The G&Ts we ordered lacked the G, and we wanted to know if we could get new drinks. Instead of politely declining, the bartender started insulting us and called a bouncer to have us "walked" out. The worst part is that the next day I looked online at my account and the bartender had given himself a fat 20% tip and authorized it all without my signature. I tried to clear it up with the bar but it turned out, the same guy was the manager. I disputed it with TD bank and after explaining the situation they gave me the whole amount back. I was told it's all or noting, if the merchant screws up then they forfeit their right to any money. YMMV, but the bank took my side even without any evidence.
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Postby jlam572 » Wed Oct 17, 2012 8:01 pm

Currently there is a gas pump scam too going on. Make sure you print a recipt and be sure they are charging you the EXACT amount per gallon as listed...Some stations have been scamming.
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Postby waffled » Thu Oct 18, 2012 1:50 pm

Well your first problem was taking your car to what seems like a machine car wash. Nobody that appreciates their paintjob does that!

If it's AMEX they will usually pay back no questions asked though
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Postby jlam572 » Thu Oct 18, 2012 8:09 pm

waffled wrote:Well your first problem was taking your car to what seems like a machine car wash. Nobody that appreciates their paintjob does that!

If it's AMEX they will usually pay back no questions asked though


So true. A few weeks ago, my friend was out of town...and his father decided to be nice and "wash" his 911 turbo in a machine wash at a chevron. SMH
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Postby MemberSince99 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 7:33 pm

It wasn't a machine wash it was manual.

And I really spoke way too soon on US Bank's decision. I already got that in the mail and they decided in my favor. So kudos to US Bank for that.

But seriously, I would NOT swipe my card at a place like that again after that.



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