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djtrouten Mar 26, 2012 04:54 PM

I just called a Thai place in Plymouth for take-out, and was asked to give a credit card number over the phone. I don't believe I've ever been asked for this before. They said they were having trouble with no-shows. I guess I was going to give them my debit card when I picked up the order anyway, but it still seemed weird somehow. Is this part of a trend? Have others seen this in the Twin Cities?

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    bridget1970 Mar 27, 2012 01:00 PM

    I don't know if it's part of a trend or not. I'm from the L.A. area and I have experienced it here numerous times when ordering Chinese food.

    1. KaimukiMan Mar 27, 2012 02:44 PM

      if places take your credit card number when you make reservations because they might miss revenue on not "re-selling" a no-show table, asking for it when you order food doesn't sound all that strange.

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        CanadaGirl Mar 27, 2012 02:55 PM

        I'm not in the Twin Cities, but I've never had this happen. But I'm not upset at the thought.
        Heck, where I live you can still get a full tank of gas BEFORE giving any payment info!

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          freia Mar 27, 2012 03:25 PM

          I feel bad for businesses that suffer from prank ordering...giving payment details when you order the food sounds logical. It wouldn't phase me but I wouldn't be giving the CVV number over the phone if I could avoid it...

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            valerie Mar 27, 2012 07:25 PM

            Maybe it's new in your area, but if your intention is to go and get the food anyway, I'm not really sure why it would be a big deal.

            1. Bill Hunt Mar 27, 2012 08:02 PM

              We encounter that about 30% of the time.

              I would guess that it depends on how often they have been hit with orders, and no one shows up to claim the food.

              That, however, is a guess.

              Hunt

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