Can you trust your credit card in the hands of strangers?

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Dear John: M.D. commented on how the behavior of a bartender differs depending on whether he/she is being observed by the customer.

I would add that in some restaurants, the server delivers the check to the customer within a folder, into which the customer then slides his/her credit/debit card.

The server then picks up the folder and takes it to an employees-only area in the restaurant, where he/she swipes or inputs the card. But while the server is holding the card, he/she also is able to copy all the card’s information to sell to a bad guy, who can make unauthorized purchases. D.W.

Dear D.W.: Geez, isn’t there any trust anymore in the world? The waiter could also put poison in your food. That’s really something to worry about.

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