This was kind of new to me. I don't shop at Fry's often as it is but I was close to one today and needed an auxiliary cable for my car, so I stopped in. Besides the fact that there are 4 separate spots for the cables (WTF?
), I wanted to pay with my debit card. When I told the cashier I wanted to use debit, she said the manager had to override the transaction since all purchases under $75 now must be approved. It was a one item purchase but I had to wait around for a solid 2 or 3 minutes waiting for the manager who was overriding other cash registers. I was kind of shocked.
What kind of practice is this? Are there other stores now that make you have a minimum transaction amount? I'm aware some restaurants or gas stations require you to make something like a $3 or $4 purchase without charging for the debit function but this is semi-major retailer so I was surprised.