We have a policy at the restaurant that if a credit card isn’t signed, we have to ask for ID. If the person cannot produce a valid ID, we can’t accept the credit card. Not signing a card is supposed to be one safety measure in the event the card is lost or stolen. Most people are very shocked and happy when you ask for their ID because, apparently, no one does.
Tonight a man gave me a credit card and a ticket for $100.03. The credit card wasn’t signed so I asked for his ID. He said he didn’t have it so I asked Chetto if we could accept it. See, if the card was lost or stolen and I ran it without checking the ID, if the bank declined the charge guess who would pay for it. That would be me. And guess who would lose her job. Yeah, that would be me again. Chetto refused to accept the credit card and the guy got all ignorant with me.
He told me he never signs them. I repeated our policy. He said no one ever asks for his ID. I apologized and repeated our policy. Then he snatched a pen out of my hand and said, “Fine. I’ll sign it right now.”
Dude. How stupid are you? It isn’t a matter of the card not being signed, it’s that you can’t prove it’s yours. Signing it right now means dick unless you have a signature I can compare it to. A signature on something like, well, AN ID.
So then this smart ass 20-something year old from the same table stomped to the register and flipped his unsigned card out at me and said, “This one isn’t signed either and you’re not seeing my ID.”
Wow! You got me there. I’m intimidated now. I less than politely told him he wasn’t using the card without an ID, so he threw a hundred dollar bill on the counter and said, “See, I told you I wasn’t showing you my ID.”
Well, F. me. You won that round. Why didn’t I see that coming. Because I are stupid.