I thought it might be of interest to your theatergoing readers that several box offices in town quietly add a surcharge to your bill if you pay or reserve seats by credit card.
They say this is to make up for the interest the credit company charges them.
What they don't tell you is that this practice is illegal according to Civil Code No. 1748.1.
TITLE 1.3. CREDIT CARDS Section
1748.1. Surcharges; treble damages; attorney's fees and costs; venue; any sales transaction; legislative intent (New).
1748.1. Surcharges; treble damages; attorney's fees and costs; venue; any sales transaction; legislative intent.
(a) No retailer in any sales transaction may impose a surcharge on a cardholder who elects to use a credit card in lieu of payment by cash, check, or similar means. A retailer may, however, offer discounts for the purpose of inducing payment by cash, check, or other means not involving the use of a credit card, provided that the discount is offered to all prospective buyers.