$1 hold on debit card from a bar for playing pool?!
*2nd question, if you have time. Also, at the 1st bar we went to earlier last night, they don't even ask for your card for collateral before pool, and the one that doesn't need a card is a private membership billiards bar for $3 a year. So, why do some pool places ask for collateral and some don't? Just another question I was curious about. There's some pool halls in our area where we live that don't ask for collateral. Does it have to do with how big and nice the bar is?
That is a common practice for many electronic transactions. It disappears within 3 working days. I used to do the same thing at bars when people wanted to run a tab, but would be paying cash at the end.
2nd question, at the membership bar. they don't need a card because they already got your contact info when you got the membership. It's all about them getting paid, nothing more.
10 yr. bartender
I would never have let them swipe my card, I would have gone to an establishment that doesn't do this, and no one in my area does that.
They can only continue to do that to people, if people like you ALLOW them to.
If everyone said NO, then they would be forced to either change their ridiculous policy, or go out of business.