Recently, I visited a bar I regularly attend and purchased what I normally get, which has a pre-tip total of less than $10. When I went to pay the check with my credit card, I was told that there was a $10 minimum for all credit transactions.
It is worth noting that there are no signs anywhere that indicate this $10 minimum nor has such a thing been enforced in the months that I had previously been patronizing this location. There are signs indicating that credit cards are accepted.
Personally, I do not keep much, if any cash, on me. So this created a conundrum. I eventually got the barback to relent and take the card, but I was wondering few things:
Does the placement of a sticker stating, "We accept XYZ credit cards," essentially obligate a business to accept that card?
If a business is obligated to accept a credit card, are they obligated to openly declare the conditions for that form of payment (especially in a restaurant where payment happens after services are rendered)?