Was it a coincidence that the same day the first of the new credit card regulations went into effect, the N.Y. Times lead editorial called out the banks for charging high overdraft fees, one of the same issues addressed in the new credit card legislation? (For those unfamiliar with the Credit Card Act here's a guide.) Probably not. This issue has been banging around for more than two years. Several sources have published horror stories in recent weeks about banks permiting customers to compete transactions with debit cards and then imposing overdraft fees that are grossly disproportionate to the overage. It is bad enough to be charged a $25 fee for going over ones credit limit when making a $200 credit card purchase. But a $35 fee for a $2 cup of coffee bought with a debit card somehow seems even more offensive. The Times described a college student who bought $16.55 in school supplies and coffee through several separate debit card purchases and was charged over $200 in fees. Another report described a $35 overdraft fee when a store made an 8 cent adjustment to a prior charge after an account had been closed. The new credit card act requires that cardholders opt in to any system paying over the limit charges while imposing a fee and limits over-the-limit fees to one per billing cycle. Consumer groups have argued that the same opt-in procedures should be required for both credit and debit. The N.Y. Times argues that banks should be required to develop the technology to allow consumers to choose whether to overdraft their accounts on a purchase by purchase basis.