Meijer, Inc. Complaint - Store Takes Check; Gas Station Doesn't? And Then Won't Take MC?
YPSILANTI, MICHIGAN -- I have completely stopped buying at Meijer over these incidents.
I ran out of gas, and walked to the nearest gas station, which was at Meijer. I had my checkbook, but had left my ID in my vehicle about 2 miles away. They flat-out refused to honor my check at the gas station because I could not present my ID.
I then walked INSIDE the Meijer location, bought about $20 worth of stuff, and wrote my check for $20 over, without ID, and used the $20 to purchase the gas.
I then walked back inside the Meijer location, and asked for the store manager, who assured me that it was in fact NOT the rule for the gas station to require ID on all checks, only if prompted by the system. (I had been writing checks for gas for about 5 years at this location prior to this incident, and I don't recall ever having been asked for ID.)
About a year later, at another local Meijer gas station, I had one of those pre-paid debit card/Mastercards. It had about $50 on it, and I only wanted to put $20 in my tank. I tried to swipe it at the gas pump, and it wouldn't work. I went inside to see what could be done about it, and they said, "Oh, it's probably because it's a gift card, just pump your gas and then we'll run it inside." Well you can guess what happened next--I put $20 in my car, and the system wouldn't take the card for the gas. Their systems do not allow you to pre-pay for gas in the store with a credit or debit card. I had $20 in my tank and no way to pay for it. They told me I couldn't leave to get money unless I left the car there (and I can't go anywhere without the car), but the cashier let me use the phone to call someone else to give a credit card number over the phone, which was very nice of her. I then went INSIDE the store and used the rest of the gift card on products in the store without a hitch.
So from these experiences, I have completely stopped shopping at Meijer, whether inside or out.