Problems With Plastic?
When traveling recently in Ireland, reader Adrian Cargill found he couldn't use his U.S.-issued credit and debit cards in gas stations, some restaurants and ATM machines along major roads. His "swipe and sign" cards just weren't welcome at certain places because the U.K. and much of Europe have switched to cards that are embedded with a microchip and require a PIN.
"How are my fellow travelers coping?" asks Cargill.
His e-mail happened to arrive after I'd already written an item about the problem in last Sunday's Coming and Going column. As the item related, all three major credit card companies said that every business that accepts their cards must accept both swipe and sign and chip and pin versions. There's no problem, they say. Yet, readers keep reporting problems at select businesses and many machines.
More anecdotal evidence is needed. Traveled to the U.K. or Europe in the past year? If so, you're a fellow traveler. How'd it go, credit card-wise?
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