A PENSIONER has been left outraged after he was charged to pay for his loaf of bread on his debit card.
Robert Wood, 79, from Lancaster Road, Knott-End, was charged a £1 surcharge for a bill amounting to £2.39 – more than 50 per cent of the total – at Preesall Food, Drink and News on Sandy Lane.
He said: “I don’t think it’s fair on people who don’t carry a lot of cash because of things like thieves.
“There is no point in a debit card which is as good as cash if shops charge you extra for it.
But Mr Wood will not be alone in feeling angry with shops charging for small transactions, as there is nothing stopping shops from putting charges in place.
He added: “I can’t understand the charge.
“I call in there often and I go there because it’s cheap and then they try and take more money off me.”
But Mark Singleton, owner of Preesall Food, Drink and News, says they have to charge customers for transactions because the business is suffering with the recession.
He told The Gazette: “For everything under £10 we have to charge for transactions.
“We are running at a loss on everything under £10. It’s not cost effective for anything under that and if you look around, there are a lot of stores that do it.
“We are struggling to make ends meet, we are in a recession and we need to charge this.”
Pam Wood, principal Trading Standards officer, said: “Traders are currently allowed to charge consumers for transactions using credit and debit cards.
“Traders have a duty to inform consumers that they may be charged extra for using a particular method of payment so that the consumer can make an informed choice about whether to accept the charge.”