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Company Says Debit Card Surcharge Not Illegal

Texas state investigators are examining complaints against businesses who charge an extra fee for debit card users.

There's still some confusion over a 49 cent debit card fee some local businesses are charging.

Charlie Benbow is the owner of Brazos Valley Merchant Services, which processes debit and credit card transactions.

He believes the fee shouldn't be seen as a surcharge, but as an incentive to pay with cash or credit.

Last month Bryan resident Randall Walton who filed complaints against Shipley Donuts, Cici's Pizza, Jesse's Taqueria and La Bodega for charging a debit card surcharge of 49 cents.

Bob Bacon is the deputy commissioner for the Texas Department of Banking which is continuing to investigate. They sent letters to the businesses telling them to stop charging the fee.

If the state determines the restaurants should stop the new law has nothing in place regarding who should enforce violations.

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