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Old 08-17-2013, 08:49 AM

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Kroger had a 125.50 pending on mine

I got home about an hour after getting groceries and checked my bank account. Had the scare of my life when I saw a pending charge for 125.50 along with the pending charge for my gas and my groceries. I called my bank right away. She said they have been getting lots of calls for that and the banks are not the ones doing it. It IS whoever Kroger uses for their gas contractors. I couldn't fit that much in my car on dead empty. It took about 1 hour for the charge to clear. If I had went and spent more than I had in the bank with that pending charge in that hour it was pending, I would have got a decline on my card. This needs to stop! Makes no sense.


Oh and mine is a Visa Debit. I think I will get cash back in the store from now on and pay cash....just rediculous!

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Old 08-17-2013, 12:16 PM

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If you use cc or debit card at window and give amount you want to spend that is all that will be taken. you can't do at pump.

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Old 08-18-2013, 08:58 PM

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This has happened to me as well. Kroger said that it is the banks decision, however my bank stated that it is the gas station that puts a preauthorizion in. It has never actually "held" the money til the transaction clears. It will see if so much money clears the bank and the only charges the amount. Kroger said that you can pre-pay to avoid this.
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:29 PM

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I am wondering if it's an AMEX connection as well, because I have always used a different gas station until recently (we just moved and didn't have a Kroger store close). I always have a $125 hold on my card when I use it to pay at the pump. I only use it to pay when I know I have a large enough cushion in my account to cover it for 4 days.
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Old 08-19-2013, 10:10 PM

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I always have a $100 charge on my account when I use she'll or smiths/ Kroger. They hold an amount until the actual fee goes through. I just make sure I get a receipt and check the results later to match up the prices. My idea just keep track and have enough money on a card to hold the right amount.
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Old 08-20-2013, 05:03 AM

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If you use cc or debit card at window and give amount you want to spend that is all that will be taken. you can't do at pump.
I've noticed this, too. I do not use DC @ the pump, most often I use CC swiped @ the pump except in certain stations where they require people to pre-pay (this can be a PITA sometimes when you're in a hurry). I use cash so that I will get an exact change after filling.

With CC swipe, only $1 is charged initially, when I check my CC account, I see it as pending and in the next 48 hrs, it changes to the actual amount charged. I make sure I keep my receipts so I can compare it if there's an overcharge. We've gone to different stations in different states and so far, I have not been overcharged.

This is my experience.
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Old 08-20-2013, 02:22 PM

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We have known about this issue for many years.I don't remember how we found out about it.But I have always told my family Never use any type of card just always use cash. Couple of the kids over the years have forgotten only to be reminded the hard way by the account having holds put on them.
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Old 08-20-2013, 05:57 PM

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In the past, many complained about being charged overdraft fees by their banks for going into negative when they thought they had enough money. But since gas stations put a hold on a greater amount than gas they bought, they are now asked to pay for overdraft fees PLUS the amount overdrawn.
They would have to call the bank because a pending transaction should not incur OD fees until it is out of pended status, if their banks are doing this they need to switch banks.
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Old 08-20-2013, 06:31 PM

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They would have to call the bank because a pending transaction should not incur OD fees until it is out of pended status, if their banks are doing this they need to switch banks.
Banks usually waive ODF once a year per account as courtesy BUT I think it is up to depositor to know their available balance before they swipe those DCs. They should keep tab of their balance, just like writing entries in a checkbook where let's say they put in $40 worth of gas, even if $1 is just put on hold (pending), they know they already spent $40 at that gas station. IF they only have $100 balance, they can't be spending over $60 or else they will really go negative. That was the problem of most, they didn't know what their available balance was to begin with, and continued to swipe after buying gas.

To avoid ODF, I opt out of ODP, I don't mind getting refused for insufficient funds at POS so I know my account is low/going negative. For me, ODP is for the bank's protection and another way for them to collect fees. If my card gets refused @ POS, at least they can't charge me fees plus the amount I owe them.
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Banks usually waive ODF once a year per account as courtesy BUT I think it is up to depositor to know their available balance before they swipe those DCs. They should keep tab of their balance, just like writing entries in a checkbook where let's say they put in $40 worth of gas, even if $1 is just put on hold (pending), they know they already spent $40 at that gas station. IF they only have $100 balance, they can't be spending over $60 or else they will really go negative. That was the problem of most, they didn't know what their available balance was to begin with, and continued to swipe after buying gas.

To avoid ODF, I opt out of ODP, I don't mind getting refused for insufficient funds at POS so I know my account is low/going negative. For me, ODP is for the bank's protection and another way for them to collect fees. If my card gets refused @ POS, at least they can't charge me fees plus the amount I owe them.

yea i think ppl are meaning if they have say...they got $50 in their account, and get $30 of gas and then it charges like $125...then its going into red and negative balance. then people would still use their card thinking hey i just spent 30 in gas....ive had it happen a few times and it wasnt at kroger cause i rarely get gas there, mom usually used my points accumulated and pays cash cause she sure aint got a debit card, ....but anyhow it corrected itself but..o boy was i on edge til it did.
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Krogers in north Texas just put up new signs: $150 hold on CC; $200 hold on DC - supposedly only for 1-2 days.
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Krogers in north Texas just put up new signs: $150 hold on CC; $200 hold on DC - supposedly only for 1-2 days.
Wow! I have to see one of those signs

I have no worries with CC since they'll pay for it initially, but 2 days, i.e., up to 48 hrs is a long period to have them hold on to funds till it clears. Those using DCs should be very careful about this if they have limited funds. Although it doesn't go through until final charges are posted, it can be an inconvinience if you just have enough money in your C/A.

I guess this is one of the station's strategy to make people pay cash instead of swiping cards I know there are stations that gouge prices by up to 20 cents more, if paying with CC and the 'low' price is only for those paying cash. I deliberately avoid such stations UNLESS I am on empty, which has never happened.
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