On menu: Pay with credit card at your...

On menu: Pay with credit card at your table -- OrlandoSentinel.com

There are 11 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jul 21, 2007, titled On menu: Pay with credit card at your table -- OrlandoSentinel.com. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Restaurants are one of the few places nowadays where you still hand a credit card to a total stranger who takes it out of the room to complete your transaction.

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trtsmb

Tampa, FL

#1 Jul 21, 2007
I wish they'd make the portable readers mandatory for restaurants.
Tom

London, UK

#2 Jul 21, 2007
Video clip on following video clip shows that even portable card readers are not good enough to deter card skinning

http://youtube.com/watch...
Peter

London, UK

#3 Jul 21, 2007
Banks have option to reduce card, cheque, mail order and identity fraud to VIRTUALLY ZERO permanently simply by implementing ID KEY system described on website www.xwave.co.uk

Fake documents have made signature system unreliable but ID stickers will make these signatures reliable again.

Skimmers and pin-hole cameras have made ATM transactions unreliable but use of Card Key Code stored on ID KEY to activate ATMs will make ATM transactions reliable again. This system will make use of stolen and skimmed cards meaningless.

This shows that if banks implement ID KEY system we will not have to prosecute organisations for failing to protect our personal and card details since these details will not get misused.
sandegold

Orlando, FL

#4 Jul 21, 2007
As an ex-server myself,this sounds really good...maybe eventually it will happen to all restaurants...My husband & I have been lucky so far,in that we haven't had anyone steal info from our card...but,you just never know...it's a good idea,so we'll just wait & see what happens...
Ger-ron-im-o_ver

Orlando, FL

#5 Jul 21, 2007
Bring it on, Restauranteers!

Give us a warm fuzzy SECURE feeling to top off the warm fuzzy FULL feeling, and watch repeat sales climb.

It IS that simple.
malloy

Portland, OR

#6 Jul 21, 2007
gee, such devices have been used in Europe for nearly 10 years! Welcome to the 21st century America...

“Dare to be stupid!”

Since: Dec 06

Groveland, Florida

#7 Jul 21, 2007
My brothers Visa debit card was skimmed last year at a resurant. The day after he eat dinner his account was hit hard. He got his money back a few days later, but it is still scary. when he called the resturant they denied it could possablly happened. Never let your cards out of sight. I only use cash for food. Credit cards are for people with no money. If you do not have money eat at home.
trtsmb

Tampa, FL

#8 Jul 21, 2007
garym1a2 wrote:
Credit cards are for people with no money.
That's a foolish statement. Most people don't go around carrying $200 to $300 so they can pay cash for things.

We use a credit card because we get cash back on it plus we can track what we spend in Quicken. It's a lot simpler than carrying a notebook around and writing "spent $200 at Bistro de Paris for dinner".
Annie

Greenville, SC

#10 Jul 21, 2007
trtsmb wrote:
<quoted text>
That's a foolish statement. Most people don't go around carrying $200 to $300 so they can pay cash for things.
We use a credit card because we get cash back on it plus we can track what we spend in Quicken. It's a lot simpler than carrying a notebook around and writing "spent $200 at Bistro de Paris for dinner".
No, we don't go around with wads of cash in our pockets to pay for everything. But I always pay cash anywhere that I can't swipe my card myself. I don't trust any transaction where the card leaves my hands.

I also don't use ATM's or use my card at the gasoline pump, as those are the most likely places for skimming devices to be placed where you use your card yourself.

Nothing is completely foolproof, but it just takes a little common sense to reduce your exposure.

“Dare to be stupid!”

Since: Dec 06

Groveland, Florida

#11 Jul 21, 2007
trtsmb wrote:
<quoted text>
That's a foolish statement. Most people don't go around carrying $200 to $300 so they can pay cash for things.
We use a credit card because we get cash back on it plus we can track what we spend in Quicken. It's a lot simpler than carrying a notebook around and writing "spent $200 at Bistro de Paris for dinner".
My ideal of fine dinning is normally $25 at Sonnys.
lola

New Smyrna Beach, FL

#12 Jul 21, 2007
It's not just restaurants. You have to be careful when ordering pizza for delivery.

Recently I called the neighborhood pizza joint, ordered a pie to be delivered, and gave my credit card number over the phone to pay for it. Big mistake -- over the next few days some $300 was charged to my account. From now on I will never order pizza unless I have cash on hand.

One thing that has not been addressed here is that if someone does make fraudulent charges, you can always get reimbursed by the bank or credit card company. I was fully reimbursed. I think that it is still safer to use a credit card than to walk around with big thick wads of cash.

First of all, if you lose the cash, you are out of luck. Secondly, every time you open your wallet to pay for a Coke or a pack of gum, you don't know who is looking over your shoulder and seeing all of that cash. I think carrying a lot of cash around in this day and age, you're asking for trouble. Much worse trouble than having some money stolen. People today will kill you over a ham sandwich, much less $200 cash.

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