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UT lawmaker decries self-serve carwash ‘rip-off’

January 10, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Representative Eric Hutchings accused a carwash of ripping him off for $50, so he’s moving to outlaw what happened, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

The Jan. 9 story stated that Hutchings recently used a self-serve carwash where he swiped his credit card. When he finished with the wand, he figured the credit card reader would turn off automatically. It didn’t.

Lawmakers make public pay for detailing

When his credit card bill arrived, he found a charge for nearly $50. He tried unsuccessfully to contact the carwash’s owner and protest the bill with his credit card company.

"My guess, if it happened to me, it has happened to thousands of people,” Hutchings said in the article. “It’s just a sneaky-bugger way of getting people on a technicality.”

Proposed bill would require carwash licensing

Hutchings is writing a bill that would require carwashes to automatically turn off credit card readers when wands or other equipment are switched off. Or, an owner may set a reasonable maximum for credit card readers instead.

Read the entire article here.