Critics launch petition against Greyhound 'gift ticket' fee

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The petition contends the fee "is unique to Greyhound and not required by other bus services" and criticizes the company's explanation for charging it.

"Greyhound has offered several vague explanations for the fee (from fraud protection to a handling fee) but none of them hold up to scrutiny," the petition says. "For instance, in an article in the Toronto Star, Visa Canada states there is no evidence of higher fraud rates in the bus industry."

Passenger bus service has been a frequent topic of debate in Congress this year as lawmakers sought to strengthen regulation of the industry following a series of bus accidents. None involved Greyhound.

The company did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the petition Thursday. The petition has 7,924 signatures.