It's become routine for customers to swipe their credit or debit cards at consoles in fast-food joints, gas stations and grocery stores. So why do we still hand over the plastic at sit-down restaurants? Pay-at-the-table systems are popular in Europe and other parts of the world, but they haven't yet caught on in the U.S., largely because equipment makers haven't been able to point to a reason why restaurateurs should invest in the gear.

Manufacturers now see an opportunity. A rise in the number of 'skimming' scams in which waiters use hand-held computers to quietly record customers' credit card information and sell it is creating a sense of urgency. So is an increased push by managers to speed the flow of diners during peak hours.

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Should every restaurant allow you the option of paying with a credit/debit card at your table?
It`s become routine for customers to swipe their credit or debit cards at consoles in fast-food joints, gas stations and grocery stores. So why do we still hand over the plastic at sit-down restaurants? Pay-at-the-table systems are popular in Europe and other parts of the world, but they haven`t yet caught on in the U.S., largely because equipment makers haven`t been able to point to a reason why restaurateurs should invest in the gear.

Manufacturers now see an opportunity. A rise in the number of `skimming` scams in which waiters use hand-held computers to quietly record customers` credit card information and sell it is creating a sense of urgency. So is an increased push by managers to speed the flow of diners during peak hours.

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14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 7/11/07 - 4:17:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah because we REALLY trust them to not steal any more than we gave them access for.
Why not just use chip and pin or just use cash?
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Wednesday 7/11/07 - 7:22:15 PM EST (GMT-5)
Chip and pin?
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Thursday 7/12/07 - 7:56:46 AM EST (GMT-5)
It is quicker and easier for me, as the customer, to pay that way. I think that a restaurant would want to offer as many payment options as possible.
14 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 7/16/07 - 3:21:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
Should they? that implies that they would have to, I'm saying no, It is their decision if they want to or not. they shouldn't have to, just like they shouldn't have to serve you.
14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Monday 11/5/07 - 4:26:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
I had been running a cafe reataurent.So i know some facts why they don't take cards.The card companies are charging more.According to their buisness level,they do.So i don't mind if they don't take cards.
14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 11/6/07 - 10:06:54 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'd like it. I rarely carry cash on me anymore.
14 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Tuesday 11/6/07 - 10:10:14 AM EST (GMT-5)
Sure, since a lot of people like myself don't carry cash.



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