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stoneunhinged
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I've run into serious difficulty here in the States. My credit card isn't working, and my German bank is slow to respond, and American businesses don't seem to want to take cash anymore.

The LAX Hyatt literally made me walk out the door to look for another hotel, though I made the reservation a month or two ago, and though I had $500 in my wallet. I walked to the Sheraton, which took my cash; but the hotel I am in right now has given me until noon tomorrow to produce a valid credit card or else check out--though I have already paid cash for the room in advance. It would seem that my cash is a deposit for real credit-card money, rather than the other way around.

Peanut butter or not, I'm not feeling much at home in the USA right now.

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That's crazy. The only thing I can figure is that the hotel you paid for in cash needs a credit card for any incidentals charges you may incur like phone calls, movie rentals, room service, throwing the TV out the window, ect.
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If you have enough cash to cover possible damages to the room (deposited) they should still accept cash. If not, there is always Hotel 8 Smile
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I thought the law was that they have to accept legal tender.
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The credit card is for securing the room against damages. If he had another $1,500 added for the deposit they may have accepted; depending on the hotels policies.
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On Mar 30, 2015, tommy wrote:
I thought the law was that they have to accept legal tender.


That is true(Except for some strange reason, Ebay).

If a seller doesn't accept legal tender, the item is then considered gratis.

The CC is for incidental charges and/or damages.
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The hotel security may have seen you in your cowboy hat, smoking a cigarette, standing by a hangman's noose and got somewhat nervous. Smile
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The hotel security may have seen you in your cowboy hat, smoking a cigarette, standing by a hangman's noose and got somewhat nervous. Smile

LOL!

He may not even wearing pants. Smile
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Why is your German bank slow to respond?
What if the Hokey Pokey really IS what it's all about? Smile

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Why is your German bank slow to respond?

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If you're going to steal from me, at least get it right Ian! Smile
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On Mar 30, 2015, tommy wrote:
I thought the law was that they have to accept legal tender.


That is true(Except for some strange reason, Ebay).

If a seller doesn't accept legal tender, the item is then considered gratis.

It is true, but maybe not in the manner you think it is.

Payment in legal tender does not mean payment in legal tender cash. They are free to only accept legal tender in a form of their choosing.

"Federal legal tender laws require creditors to accept payment denominated in dollars, but generally do not require businesses to accept any particular form of payment - such as cash."

http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/......der.aspx

"There is no Federal statute mandating that a private business, a person or an organization must accept currency or coins as for payment for goods and/or services."
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If you're going to steal from me, at least get it right Ian! Smile


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Why is your German bank slow to respond?


What happened is that I had had a large expense that I thought was directly credited from my account, but was in fact on my credit card. So I had maxed out my limit.

I asked to have my limit raised (and I technically have a debit card, and more than sufficient funds to cover it). But my account manager, as it turns out, was on vacation.

Meanwhile, the woman substituting for my vacationing account manager just emailed me that she had tried to call me to discuss the matter, since she "doesn't know me personally". It obviously didn't occur to her that I might not pay the $15 per day fee to use my cell in the US.

So the answer is that my Geeman bank was slow to respond because they were being careful to protect my/our money and my account, which is a good thing. Surely I should have been able to use cash during the time it took to have my credit card situation cleared up.

As Ian (who is beginning to grow on me) has ponted out, people used to trust each other a bit. But no: the Hyatt threw me out on the street rather than take my cash, because I might be a one-man Led Zeppelin who'll trash the hotel room with my 15-year-old son and the army of hookers we hired on our way to Six Flags? No trust is kind. More like no common sense.
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They have rules and the rules are that you must have a valid credit card for verification. The reason for their rules are similar to the reason the German bank was slow to get back to you, they have to protect their business from fraud. Trust would be nice, but places like hotels have been burned so often in the past that trust is no longer an option. I hope you get it worked out, but don't blame the hotel.
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Sorry you had that trouble, Stone. The good ole' USA has become a very cold place these days. One can be at the emergency room bleeding, but until you can produce your insurance card or credit card, you are just gonna stand there and bleed. "Pay first" has become the norm...
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I've run into serious difficulty here in the States. My credit card isn't working, and my German bank is slow to respond, and American businesses don't seem to want to take cash anymore.

It sounds as though you have just the one credit card ... and you call yourself an American?

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