Merchants weigh in on credit, debit card use

Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation (BCCEC) Chief Executive Officer, Edison Sumner.

Some businesses still overcharging

While merchants have been warned against charging customers a surcharge to use their credit and debit cards, many told Eyewitness News Monday that they were unaware that the practice was illegal and are still adding surcharges to bills paid with cards.

Last week, Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation (BCCEC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Edison Sumner issued a statement against the practice of surcharging consumers who use their cards to make purchases.

Managers of some popular stores on New Providence claimed they never saw the BCCEC statement and thought the practice was standard.

Two popular women’s clothing stores in the Palmdale area told Eyewitness News that patrons had to spend between $20 and $25 before using a credit or debit card.

A popular family store in The Mall at Marathon noted that the minimum purchase was $10.

Employees also disclosed that if upper management received the BCCEC communication, the information was not passed on to staff in the store.

Some gas stations are also still overcharging customers when using their card for services.

Other stores such as a popular men’s store and a sporting goods store in the Mall at Marathon, noted that customers can use their cards to make purchase at any amount, with no stipulations anymore.

While Sumner indicated that communication was sent around to businesses, he did confirm that not all merchants are with the chamber, but said he hoped they will cease such illegal practices.