Recently ate at a diner in a fairky large, but not major, city in New York.Everything was fine except when it came to pay the bill, we were told that the "machine is down, and we can't take credit cards."
Now, we did have enough cash to cover the bill and tip, but what if we hadn't had enough? And shouldn't we have been informed that it would be "cash only" before we were seated?
I am just wondering if this is a ploy , so the transaction is cash and can't be traced(taxed?)
Of course, it could be legitimate, that the machine was down, but what would have been the consequence if we did not have enough to pay the bill?