Q. Credit and debit card preauthorization – Why was my card charged $20.00?

A. When you swipe your card it will be preauthorized in the amount of $20. Similar to using your card at a gas station pump, this is how the credit card processing system validates that your card works. Your bank/credit card company will do an “Authorization Hold” for the $20 and then will reconcile the payment with our processing system. Only the actual amount you spent at The Laundry Place will appear on your credit card bill. With a debit card, the $20.00 amount will have a “hold” status on it until your transactions have been reconciled between our payment system and your bank (typically within 24 hours, but may take longer).