Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Should you trust a bartender with your credit/debit card?
Often times, I really don't like dealing with cash when I'm out. I'd much rather use my debit card. However, being at the bar is the exception. I'd much rather use cash. Why? well, at a high intensity bar, a lot can happen to be honest..your card could get lost, you could get intoxicated to the point where you are overtipping, buying other drinks, and your close out for the night can be something rather serious.
However, I'm not an ordinary cat. LOL. A few tips you should always do to make sure you are good to go.
1.) Make sure that the bartender is rather close. You can watch him/her swipe your card and see how much the drink, and give a proper tip.
2.) Set a budget for yourself. If you are more of a rail drink kind of person, and you know your limit to how good you want to feel, set that. Maybe you want to have a few top shelf drinks. Put that into effect. That way when you get the bill at the end of the night, you aren't shook.
3.) Check your statement! If you know your card has been stolen, or they lost it and gave themselves a generous tip. Always, always check your statement. Changes are you can get your money back with an honest explanation. At the very least, cancel your card. Make sure everything is safe and secure.
Identify theft or people stealing from your personal account is not a cool thing. Trust me. That's happened to me a few years ago as someone took nearly 200-300 dollars from me. Luckily, I was able to secure it back in a few weeks because I tracked the person and got at it really early. Don't let that person be you. Be very mindful of what you are doing, where your card is at during your drink purchases.
Here are a few tips from Tipsy Bartender's personal stories: