Cash only is great for Roadfood places as far as I'm concerned. It gives more of an old-fashioned character. The character (and characters) of the place are a huge part of the roadfood experience. What happened to the days when Roadfood meant a simple, inexpensive meal at a BBQ joint or clam shack where you paid cash only? Now, we see reviews for exensive fancy places like Peter Luger's, etc. What happened?
Ya, I'm perfectly fine with cash only. Besides, isnt it a real pain to make tons of checkbook entries for tones of little debits of $7.50 here, $10.55 there, another $9.43 there, another $6.71, etc.?
I find it much easier to just take out a few hundred from the ATM once in a while, and just pay cash for small purchases. Just one checkbook entry: Debit ATM $300 cash. That one entry replaces dozens of mini-entries.
As for credit card use, I try to limit that, as I've had fraudulent charges on my car 3 times in the past 2 years, and had to cancel card and get a re-issue. I'm no longer thrilled with handing over a credit card to some slacker, who might be a fly-by-night short term waiter, only to watch him disappear with the card into the back for 5 minutes.
Also, I don't mind when a small Mom & Pop place keeps a little away from the IRS. It might be the difference between a favorite place staying in business or going belly-up. The IRS bends over and reems small businesses, as it is.
Cash only might also help the restaurant keep prices down, either by not having to pay the CC fees, or by keeping some income out of the IRS's/Fed Gov's greedy paws.
Cash is king.
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