A few weeks ago, I went to the supermarket to pick up some groceries.
I walked out with a shopping bag full of groceries and my wallet, with the purchase on my credit card.
I was shocked to see my credit cards with the grocery purchase were in my bag, even though I knew there was a charge.
I called my credit union and was told the card holder had just bought groceries for a friend.
I then found out the cardholder had purchased $30 worth of groceries.
This person was a shopper and she had never paid a cent of my credit bills.
My friend was in debt and it was an inconvenience, not an issue.
After a few weeks of dealing with this, I decided I would start a petition and ask for a $15 surcharge to be added to my bill.
It’s a simple enough idea and I believe it would be beneficial for everyone.
Unfortunately, this is not how the banking industry works.
Most grocery store staff will not even think to add a surcharge and will simply give me a discount on my purchase.
I’m a Canadian, I am a Canadian and I am the customer.
If you are in the same situation, please sign the petition and tell your grocery store employees to add the surcharge.
I can’t stress enough how much this will impact me financially.
The Canadian Federation of Independent Businesss (CFIB) released a report that revealed that, between 2006 and 2016, the average grocery store in the country lost about $6.3 million.
This is a significant number considering that about 40 per cent of Canadian households earn less than $30,000 per year.
That’s a lot of money to lose if you can’t use your debit card for your grocery purchases.
I have a friend who lives in New York and works for a large grocery store.
She has to shop at Costco and has no way to pay for groceries because the grocery company charges her a $30 surcharge each time she walks into a store.
When she has groceries she just takes the credit card to the register and puts her money in her purse.
When the cashier comes to collect her check, she gets a $50 bill that has nothing to do with her purchase.
When it comes to groceries, she is stuck.
The CFIB’s report shows that this problem is growing, especially among lower income Canadians.
As people struggle to pay their bills, they are losing out on the convenience of a bank account, as well as the convenience and safety of a debit card.
In an effort to address this problem, the Government of Canada is proposing to introduce a new surcharge on groceries.
We know from research conducted by the Financial Post that this surcharge will not impact Canadians who are working or living in remote areas and who do not have access to credit cards.
This will be a small change that will not have a material impact on people who are already earning a fair wage.
However, the change will have a major impact on Canadians who work in cities like Toronto and who depend on the grocery industry to keep their prices affordable.
I would like to see the Government consider implementing this surchange as soon as possible.
If we don’t, it will put more pressure on consumers to pay higher prices in order to keep the grocery bill affordable.
In order to ensure we keep Canadians safe, we need to ensure that Canadians who shop in grocery stores pay a fair price for their groceries.
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