Maybe I’m just getting (more) clumsy and awkward in my dotage, but every time I want to pay for something with a debit or credit card, I’m confronted with an existential crisis: to swipe or not to swipe?
Traditionally, you hand your card over to the clerk, and they swipe it through the cash register or card reader and you proceed with entering your pin or signing something and you’re on your way.
Now, about a third of the time, I’m expected to swipe the card at the card reader myself. I go to hand my over to the clerk, and they decline it and point to some device or other. I usually orient the card the first time, so we do a little Laurel and Hardy routine until I get it right.
Here’s the thing: I never, ever recognize when I’m supposed to swipe, and when I’m supposed to hand over the card. If there are common indicators around Canada’s cash desks which signify self-swiping, I’ve missed them entirely.
Am I missing something? Or are we just in that difficult time where self-swiping hasn’t become the norm?