The Joys of Working in a Bookshop – #29

People here seem to think that contactless payment is now possible in every shop everywhere. It is not. I regularly have to point out to customers that we, like many other shops, are still ‘old-fashioned’ and they have to stick their pin card in the machine instead of waving it in front of some imaginary WiFi signal reader.

One guy, however, looks at the machine after I’ve pointed this out, and says: “Well, it’s not very clearly indicated, so…”

It’s a regular pin machine. Looks exactly the same as in many other shops. Has an obvious slot at the front where you put your card. And, unlike actual contactless payment machines, it does not have a massive sign saying “Look at this WiFi symbol, contactless payment here!”

Whatever happened to common sense?