Published on May 3rd, 2016 | by Chuck15
Rite Aid Goes Cash-Only for Loading Prepaid Cards (Serve, etc.)
Rite Aid is now hard-coded to deny loading a prepaid card with a debit card.
A number of months ago, Amex added Rite Aid to their list of partners where we can load their prepaid Serve card. Until very recently, the Rite Aid checkout system allowed the prepaid card to be loaded with cash or debit. While some cashiers may have been trained to impose a cash-only rule, many stores were okay with it.
In the past couple of weeks, Rite Aid enforced a system-wide rule not to allow the loading of prepaids with debit cards, and any attempt to do so will fail. This has been confirmed by a Rite Aid cashier in reference to a memo that was circulated, and confirmed by people who tried loading with debit, only to be prevented by the POS.
The new rule will affect Serve cards and any other prepaid card, such as GreenDot.
This change was initially reported on April 22; at that point, the reports varied with some saying they were still having success. But over the next few days, it seems to have been rolled out everywhere or most places. Let us know if you have any personal experience.