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Pentangle
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Re: A good reminder for all...

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


Pentangle
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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.


DownTheShore
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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.

MaynardKrebs
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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.