Do they have chip and pin machines in Vegas or do most restaurants ask you to sign the receipt?
I haven't seen any chip and pin in the US that I can recall. I have also often been asked for photo id with a credit card purchase in LV.
I would venture over 98% of the restaurants/bars in LV have the traditional CC swipe machines where you then sign your receipt when it prints. It works this way, because then you have the ability to put in a "tip" for the server/bartender on the receipt that will be charged to your card.
You can still put the tip on a chip and pin card, There is no difference in that respect. I think the US has just been slow at adopting the technology.
So somebody disappears with your credit card? Think I'm gonna have to get extra cash if that's the case.
You may get to use PIN on debit card in some places like Walmart but not on credit card and probably not a UK debit card. The whole keep sight of your card thing isn't that big in the US leaving them behind bar to open a tab for example. Personally I just go with it if your card gets cloned your bank should protect you.
That technology has just not made it into the US. At this point, I doubt it will.
And, yes, at restaurants they almost always take your card to a register somewhere out of sight. Those small machines they use at the table in Europe do exist, but I've never seen them used in restaurants. In hundreds of uses of a credit card at restaurants, I've not had any problem. My wife did have a problem once that we suspect was caused by a restaurant, but the bank resolved it.
That's interesting about the hand held terminals. They're very common in Canada as well. I didn't notice. We went mostly room charge or cash.Edited: 29 September 2013, 18:16