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Another card system went down

DH went to Costco to get gas today; he was number 7 in line at one of the pumps; the other lines were longer. The attendant told him the system was down but some people wouldn't believe him so they kept inserting their cards over and over again at the gas pumps. DH just left and went to the parking lot and waited for me; I went into the warehouse to pick up a few things; the whole systerm was down....people still stood in line even when workers said the system was down and they could only take cash. I didin't have enough cash to buy anything I needed, but some people were losing their minds! It was clear they were trying to buy Christmas presents...toys, kids clothes, and holiday foods....some were yelling at the cashier, like he can fix it, and one woman was crying.....I just love this time of year! Fortunately, my shopping is done; I was just going in to pick up some protein drinks, and we can manage a few more days with the few we have left. 

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Re: Another card system went down

Wonder what will happen if they ever do all digital and they take away our ability to use cash.  

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Re: Another card system went down

Oh boy, for some reason Walmart won't accept my banks debit card so I always make sure to bring cash when I go there. Sometimes you just need to be prepared
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Re: Another card system went down

Oh boy. that was bad news for Costco as well as its shoppers.

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Re: Another card system went down


@rms1954 wrote:

Wonder what will happen if they ever do all digital and they take away our ability to use cash.  


Or your purchase gets declined because the "system" doesn't like your transaction.

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Re: Another card system went down


@Parischic wrote:
Oh boy, for some reason Walmart won't accept my banks debit card so I always make sure to bring cash when I go there. Sometimes you just need to be prepared

@Parischic 

 

Well that is super inconvenient. 

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Re: Another card system went down

@icezeus   I bet Costco thought so too.  I wonder how long they were down?

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Re: Another card system went down

It's the craziest time of the year.  

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Re: Another card system went down

Costco would be one of the last places I could ever just use cash. You are buying in such large amounts it adds up fast. Vendors can't buy with only cash.

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Re: Another card system went down

I am sure they got the system back up as soon as they could, but I am also sure they didn't lose much money...most. people just went to another Costco; we have several in our area; their systems are all separate. The WM is almost always messed up and says cash only; prob from all the credit card skimmers that get stuck in the machines over and over. They are notorious for it.