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rcdailey
Dragoonfly
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Rialto, CA
reply to jaykaykay

Re: A good reminder for all...

There was a time long past when I allowed a server to take my card away to be processed. I have not done that any time lately. I have yet to see someone with a cell phone right at checkout, but that is certainly something to watch for.
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garys_2k
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said by rcdailey:

There was a time long past when I allowed a server to take my card away to be processed. I have not done that any time lately.

What do you do when they come back to take the check and your card?


Pentangle
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Vancouver BC
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Most decent restaurants now have portable card readers. They just bring them to your table and wait while you punch in your pin.

garys_2k
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Farmington, MI

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Is that something you have to ask for? I've never had that option presented to me, even at really nice places.


rcdailey
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Rialto, CA
reply to garys_2k
I always take the check to the cashier and pay there, but I don't eat at those high-class restaurants that let you put your card into a pocket inside a leather-bound folder that also holds the check. Those are also the places where this kind of scam has sometimes taken place.

BTW, I noticed the comment about portable card readers, and I'm sure they now have those at high-class restaurants, too.
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Pentangle
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reply to garys_2k
Most restaurants in Vancouver have them. For the very few that don't, you have to go up to the cash register to process your bill. I haven't let a server walk away with my credit card in ages.


FFH
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Tavistock NJ
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reply to rcdailey
said by rcdailey:

I always take the check to the cashier and pay there, but I don't eat at those high-class restaurants that let you put your card into a pocket inside a leather-bound folder that also holds the check.

high-class restaurants??

You mean like Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse??
Those all have the leather-bound folders and are hardly what I would call high-class. They are strictly middle-class restaurants.
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DownTheShore
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Beautiful NJ
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reply to Pentangle
said by Pentangle:

Most decent restaurants now have portable card readers. They just bring them to your table and wait while you punch in your pin.

I've never seen that around here.


jaykaykay
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USA
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reply to rcdailey
said by rcdailey:


BTW, I noticed the comment about portable card readers, and I'm sure they now have those at high-class restaurants, too.

Not only are those kind of readers in restaurants, but they also exist on persons just walking the mall. Although the kind of readers I am talking about in this case is one that can grab card info even while you stroll...from a pocket or purse, etc. It's a dangerous place out there today.

MaynardKrebs
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reply to Pentangle
said by Pentangle:

Most decent restaurants now have portable card readers. They just bring them to your table and wait while you punch in your pin.

That's only for Chip & Pin cards (C&P) - basically just in Canada & Europe right now, but coming to credit cards everywhere eventually.

Just be aware that there are ways around the PIN if your card is lost/stolen. Even though my C&P card was not stolen I have gotten authorization using an invalid PIN for $15k on my card. And there are other ways around C&P technology - see research from University of Cambridge in England for details.