Bargain Gas - Sorry, No Quarters Allowed

Wanted To Buy Gasoline - Complaint
Review by mzrks624 on 2012-05-29
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MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE -- I went into Bargain Gas in Manchester, NH tonight. My car was below empty and all I had was $6 in quarters.

I waited until there were no other customers and I went in and gave the man my $6. He said "is that all you have?", I was shocked and said "yes". He then told me he would not accept the quarters because the bank would charge him extra for taking them.
What a total jerk.

This was also a convenience store, so it wasn't like $6 in quarters would never be useable again.

I also explained to him that I have my car serviced by the auto mechanic at his station. No dice.

I felt like a real loser and the guy could care less.
Comments:12 Replies - Latest reply on 2012-05-30
Posted by D. on 2012-05-30:
A bank charges extra for taking quarters? He better change banks then. What does he do with all of the other quarters and change they take in and have to take it to the bank? I don't see any reason for him not to accept the quarters.

Don't feel like a loser...sounds to me like he is the loser!
Posted by madconsumer on 2012-05-30:
it is not uncommon for a bank to charge for coins to be deposited. this was practice in dallas 20 years ago. annoying, but it is the way it is.
Posted by fast327 on 2012-05-30:
Quarters are legal tender for all purchases. In fact six hundred pennies would be legal tender even for gas purchases.
Posted by fast327 on 2012-05-30:
Perhaps the clerk could not count change; many in retail today cannot.
Posted by Justice74 on 2012-05-30:
Fast327> While it may be legal tender, a business still has the right to refuse them. The only entity required by Federal Law to accept the currency as a form of payment is the US Federal Reserve. Private businesses can accept whatever they want in return for their goods and services.
Posted by T on 2012-05-30:
This type of complaint surfaces every once in awhile. As 74 states, businesses can refuse to accept a large amount of change as payment for a product.

That said, 32 quarters doesn't seem to be a lot, and you would think a convenience store could dispose of them in change. Perhaps they don't want to encourge the practice. Perhaps so many people use debit and credit cards today that they would not be that easy to dispose of.
Posted by Whiteduck on 2012-05-30:
32 Quarters Trmn8r? I think that might be 24 quarters...

Posted by Slimjim on 2012-05-30:
24 quarters is hardly a lot. In fact, most convenience store registers probably should have about 50 or so in them at all times just to make change. It's not like you wanted to give him 300 unwrapped. The guy sounds like a jerk.
Posted by Churro on 2012-05-30:
Slim NAILED it. Moving on.
Posted by ontario_girl on 2012-05-30:
6 bucks in quarters? Not a problem. Shouldn't have been an issue. My boss loves when we get change for purchases (reasonable change; not 67 dollars in dimes) because then that's another roll of change that he doesn't have to buy from the bank.
Posted by BigAl on 2012-05-30:
This is purely a guess on my part but I believe the problem is that the clerk did not want to count the quarters when he closed his drawer after his shift. The clerk is indeed a jerk.
Posted by madconsumer on 2012-05-30:
"As 74 states, ..."

74 states??


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