Credit Card Machines in Cabs

Sunday night, I got into a cab for the first time in a couple of months. I used to be a regular cab user, but then I acquired a car and started going to grad school in the suburbs and stopped needed to take cabs as often as I once did. But Sunday was New Year’s Eve, and it would have been stupid to take a car out, so after dinner several of us hopped into a taxi to get down to a party in Bella Vista. And attached to the plastic guard that separates the front seat from the back was a credit/debit card machine.

It was the first time I had seen one in a cab in Philly, and I thought it was pretty nifty (although we paid for that ride in cash). This morning, there was a brief segment on WHYY (the link doesn’t seem to be up yet) about how the Philadelphia Parking Authority is putting these machines in about a 1,000 cabs throughout the city. I think it’s great, because fewer and fewer people are carrying cash these days. I can see cab drivers getting short-changed though, as credit card fees and smaller tips take a bit out of their take.

2 Comments so far

  1. jen (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2007 @ 10:18 am

    oh yes, they HATE them. there was a piece on good day phila about this months ago. it’s not quite as easy to conveniently not declare your tips as income on taxes when it’s all on record from credit/debit transactions. same applies to servers.

  2. Sherri W. (unregistered) on January 7th, 2007 @ 10:23 pm

    I finally saw one of these Friday night after I bailed from the wounded subway train! Still paid cash, though, myself….

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