And they don’t take American Express

A conversation between two friends of mine.

Friend 1: Here's the fifteen dollars I owe you. Oh wait, I only have a twenty. Do you have a five?

Friend 2: I don't carry cash. Everybody takes credit cards.

Friend 1: I don't take credit cards.

In my imagination, Friend 1 would have responded to "Everybody takes credit cards" with "Well, in that case, here ya go. Put it on my credit card."

(The title is a tag line from a Visa credit card advertising campaign from years past.)

Comments (7)
  1. keith says:

    Isn’t that scenario a part of the reason why Elon Musk is today a multimillionaire and reasonably famous software entrepreneur?

  2. porter says:

    > Everybody takes credit cards.

    Is that why everyone is upto their eyeballs in debt?

  3. htd says:

    they have to keep some cash as many vendor machines dont take credit card

  4. DysgraphicProgrammer says:

    Enough places take credit cards that you can’t count on random people to have cash anymore. I make an effort to keep $20 in my wallet just in case, but if I didn’t I would be walking around cashless most of the time.

  5. Miral says:

    Many places here don’t take credit cards, but pretty much *everywhere* accepts EFTPOS cards (debit cards).  It’s a very rare day when I have more than $1 (in 10c/20c pieces) in my wallet.

  6. Aneurin Price says:

    It always really annoys me when I’m in line behind one of those people who want to pay for thing by card. It just takes *so long* and holds everything up.

    Plus if you want to pay by debit/credit card in a small shop, there’ll probably be a charge, or at least a minimum spend.

    The whole business just seems like a major hassle to me for anything less than maybe £50, so I really don’t understand how anybody can not carry cash on them.

  7. Ian Argent says:

    Most places have a Point-of-sale terminal that is no slower to process a card that the cashier is to make change. I use a card as much as possible so as to be able to track my purchases

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