CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Rising gas prices have led one West
Virginia gas station owner to ban the use of credit cards at the
pump, and he may not be the last to do so.
Mr. Ed's Chevron in St. Albans has told customers they can no
longer use credit cards to pay for gas, unless they use Chevron or
The reason is surcharges. Credit card companies charge stations
fees when customers use plastic, and as gas prices rise, more
people are using their cards. That means more fees, and shrinking
Manager Roger Randolph said that every time someone puts $50
worth of gas in the tank, the station actually ends up losing about
98 cents on the deal.