Contactless card query
My daughter's going through a really bad patch at the moment, so I'm trying to do the best I can and keep her chin up. I took her out for a meal again last night as she's not eating properly. Anyway to cut to the chase, I paid for the meal with my debit card. The girl behind the bar took the card did something under the counter that I couldn't see and seconds later I was given the card back with a receipt.
I felt quite confused as I'd not had the machine nor put my pin number in, and said that to her. She said they'd used 'contactless'. I questioned why she didn't mention that and didn't she need my permission to use my card like that?
(I assumed those who use 'contactless' were in charge of their cards and did it themselves rather than someone just taking it and doing whatever it is they do).
I also thought one had a choice if they wanted to use 'contactless' rather than the pin. I've always been given the machine and entered my pin.
Do they have the right to just take your card, use the 'contactless' thingie, without asking your preference or permission?
I view it as a bloody cheek assuming, and not asking, if I wanted to go 'contactless' and secondly I find it disturbing she took the card and did it without saying what she was doing and not in my view.
I very pleasantly said that to her.
She basically said the manager wants people to pay the 'contactless' way and if I didn't want to do that then I could get the card changed at the bank to the old style.
I'm confused about all this 'contactless' paying with cards. I thought it was by choice? Do businesses normally take your card and 'do it for you'? And, if they do, would they ask your permission to do that?
(Hope you can make sense of my query)