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February 20, 2009



I really appreciate the way that the restaurants here in France (maybe all over Europe - I have no idea) where the waiter brings a little machine to you. You insert the card, type your PIN & the card never leaves your sight.

Even if we order a pizza, the delivery person has one of these. It doesn't seem like it would be too complicated for them to adopt a similar method in the states, especially with the increasing numbers of identity theft crimes & people having Wal-Mart shopping sprees on someone else's dime.

But the worst part - seriously...KMart?!!?


I've heard that China requires that the card owner key in their secret number when making purchases. This seems like a much better system. I also wonder how we're supposed to trust all these people we hand our cards to every day.


Wow, that sucks big time. I mean, KMart? How embarrassing is that? ;)
I rarely use my credit card here in Germany. I got one in the first place only to be able to rent a car in America, back when I still used to travel a lot. But over here credit cards are still not really necessary.
But really, this taking your card and vanishing with it for a few minutes does seem a bit fishy. I don't think they do it like that in german restaurants either, but I never tried it so far.

Shauna Quirk

I used to wait tables for many years and just want to say that in every industry there are levels of dishonesty. I do not think that waitstaff in general should be villified for the alleged crime of one person. Just my opinion, FWIW.


Hello Nick!
I am so sorry to hear about your incident. I havent had an incident with my credit card (and am very surprised I haven't but thankful) but in the past, someone broke into my vehicle and a neighbor (didnt know she had a long record) stole my checks and had a good time with them. She had a Christmas in July to speak. No matter what the crime, it causes a person to trust others even less and feeling violated. So I truly understand how you feel.


Blech, I'm so sorry. And very impressed that your bank was able to handle it so quickly.

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