Just read that the BP gas stations in our hometown are not accepting credit cards for gas. Dozens of stations reportedly are not allowing customers to swipe their credit cards . There isn't much more information than than that at the moment. I'm curious as to why they are insisting on cash. Don't get me wrong, I'm the biggest proponent of using cash and a diehard member of the , "If you don't have the money, you don't need to be buying it.," club. But there's something unAmerican about refusing the option of credit.
Now, in Germany, especially the small towns, it's quite common for a vendor to insist on cash. But I've never come across it in the U.S. To categorically deny the purchase of gasoline to people unless they pay in cash is a bit scary to me. Are things that bad that the gas companies must insist on cash? Isn't a debit card the same thing as cash? Are they being denied also? Has anyone come across this where you live?