Oregon readers know about our gasoline rules. In Oregon, there is no self-service. So when you pull up to the pump and ask the attendant to gas it up, you commit to the purchase the minute the gas starts flowing into your tank.
ARCO does not take credit cards. Consumers can pay cash or with debit cards.
Over a decade ago, I did my first consumer class action against ARCO in Oregon. They were charging an undisclosed debit card fee for consumers who paid with debit cards.
After a hard-fought battle, we settled that class action case many years ago. Part of the settlement required ARCO to post debit card fee disclosure signs at the pump. We demanded the fee notices so that consumers would know before committing to the purchase that they were paying an extra charge.
That extra charge is now 45 cents per purchase. So when you buy five gallons worth of gas, it is nine cents per gallon more than the posted price if you pay with a debit card.
That’s right. It appears that ARCO, which is now a subsidiary of Gulf oil spill British Petroleum, is back to nickel and diming consumers. My annoyance knows no bounds…I really dislike nickel and diming consumers.
If you have had a problem with ARCO debit card charges in Oregon, I would appreciate a call or an email so that we can properly analyze and address this problem.