We took overseas visitors for lunch at Jack Tar, a restaurant pub in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter. The food is more expensive than in less attractive spots, but not bad.
However, I doubt I’ll eat there again.
When we ordered, the waitress asked for a credit card. She said this would go “behind the bar”. I’ve done this before in pubs. Usually handing over a card is an option. This was a requirement.
We played along. Not doing so would spoil the moment. This is worrying on two counts.
First, I don’t have a personal credit card – that’s my choice. Does this mean I can’t eat at Jack Tar? I don’t know. I’m not planning to sit down and order before finding out.
Second, banks tell credit card holders not to let them out of their sight.
Sure, Jack Tar is an unlikely front for an international card skimming operation. That’s not the point. A business which can’t trust customers to pay the bill is in no position to turn round and ask for trust in return.