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If You’ve Been To Chili’s Lately, Check Your Credit Card Right Now

If you’ve been to Chili’s within the last couple of months, you might want to check your card statements because the popular family restaurant announced that its payment system was recently compromised.

Brinker International, who owns Chili’s Grill and Bar, formally announced that a data breach was found in their system, May 11.

“We believe that malware was used to gather payment card information including credit or debit card numbers as well as cardholder names from our payment-related systems for in-restaurant purchases at certain Chili’s restaurants,” Brinker said in a statement.

Brinker also believes that the breach could have occurred within the months of March and April, so if you enjoyed some of Chili’s baby back ribs in that time, make sure that some creep isn’t using your identity to get $300 worth of lingerie at Victoria’s Secret.

The breach is still under investigation, as they’ve brought in a forensics team to get to the bottom of this, but apart from that, they’ve not given specifics on what kind of malware was found, nor how many people were potentially affected.

As with all data breach situations, make sure to monitor your payment cards carefully, and if you see any suspicious activity, report it immediately.


Arby’s Had A Massive Breach, So Check Your Credit Cards

If you’ve been to Arby’s lately, you might want to check your credit or debit card information.

Arby’s is investigating a breach that could have affected 355,000 customers at hundreds of its stores, according to Krebs on Security.

There seemed to be malware spotted in Arby’s payment systems, but it only affected the corporate-owned restaurants, and not independently-owned franchises.

Although they didn’t even know about the breach until mid-January, they said they were able to contain it and get rid of the malware.

There were rumors about the breach going around, as Public Service Credit Union, the largest credit union in the US, received an alert that more than 355,000 Visas and MasterCards were compromised.

Krebs on Security spoke to an Arby’s spokesperson, who said:

“Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. (ARG) was recently provided with information that prompted it to launch an investigation of its payment card systems. Upon learning of the incident, ARG immediately notified law enforcement and enlisted the expertise of leading security experts, including Mandiant.”

Arby’s declined to comment on how long the malware was in the system, but PSCU said it could have been between October 25, 2016 to January 19, 2017.

There are thousands of Arby’s in the US and it’s hard to tell which are corporate or franchise-owned, but if you’ve eaten there in the last three months, you should just make sure everything’s square with your payment cards.

Celebrity Grub Hit-Or-Miss

Justin Bieber’s Card Declined At Subway, Fan Comes To The Rescue

Regardless of how famous or wealthy certain celebrities are, sometimes their credit cards have a mind of their own. Justin Bieber found this out the hard way, when he recently tried to pay for a meal at Subway, but had his credit card declined.

Did someone say embarrassing? Maybe so, but Justin got bailed out real quick when a fan reportedly covered his tab, according to the Daily Mail. We don’t yet know who the generous fan was, however, a video posted on Twitter shows Justin shaking hands with someone inside the Los Angeles restaurant. 

We’ve seen Justin react much more violently, so maybe the handshake gesture was an actual sign of humility from the young artist.

It’s safe to assume Justin probably just maxed out his daily credit limit by purchasing a few pairs of $2,500 Yeezy Boosts, and will most likely be able to purchase his next meal.


Tipping Your Server Will Be Super Uncomfortable Thanks To New Chip-Embedded Credit Cards


Tipping has always been, more or less, a solitary process. Once your server hands you a check, you add in the tip amount you’d like to give them and be on your way before they’d come to collect it. Whether that amount was generous or meager was up to you completely.

While tip choice is still up to the diner, it’s now become a tad more uncomfortable with the new microprocessor chips embedded in US credit cards. Quartz reports that the new chip, implemented to reduce the risk of credit card fraud, is making the tipping process a little more awkward for patrons.

Servers will now be slinging a hand-held credit card system that lets them process an order at the table. The downside is, they’re going to have to stand there while you sign off on the order, tip and all. Kind of makes the whole process a little awkward.

The shift to embedded chips was implemented nation-wide on Oct. 1. Restaurants would now have to switch to the new system, or be responsible for credit card fraud themselves.

One of the upsides to the new system are the new default settings of 20%, 25 and 30% for tips. While customers still have the option of adding a customized tip amount to their meal, chances are some won’t want to calculate their own with a server standing behind them.



Identity Thieves Check Stolen Credit Cards Through Domino’s, Buy New Yorkers Pizza


Brooklyn police apparently keep tabs on the social media accounts of the usual suspects. Y’know, in case someone brags about illegal shenanigans. One post, in particular, raised some eyebrows:

Who wants free pizza?

An image of the Domino’s logo would occasionally appear near the question that was often repeated on Facebook channels.

Turns out identity thieves were testing to see whether credit card numbers worked by using them to order pizza from Domino’s. The pizza company told the authorities that they had a spike in sales from the area. The cops dug a little deeper and discovered that the card numbers were from all over the US, with some cardholders calling in to protest pizza charges.

The thieves would order the pizzas through a phone app and would then have them sent to people in the area, thus securing the validity of the cards.

Authorities contacted the Domino’s pizza locations in the area. Turns out individuals were making a record number of orders, more than usual for a common household. Attempts to purchase pizza through the app would be made even after multiple rejected credit cards. One customer was said to have ordered 2,000 times within a month.

Police have since arrested 14 suspects tied to the pizza ring, some of whom claim they were only involved for the free pizza.

Now if this was Domino’s Pizza from a few years ago, we would have taken a hard pass.

h/t New York Times

Celebrity Grub

Obama’s Credit Card Was Declined at a Fancy NYC Restaurant During Dinner with the First Lady


Most people have experienced having their credit card declined during a purchase — some of us have even suffered the embarrassment of experiencing it during a date. It seems our beloved president is not immune to this either.

Last month, President Obama was dinning with the first lady at a fancy restaurant in downtown Manhattan when his credit card was declined.

“I guess I don’t use it enough, so they thought there was some fraud going on,” he told CNN. “Luckily, Michelle had hers.

Obama then defended himself to the waitress.

“I was trying to explain to the waitress, you know, I really think that I’ve been paying my bills,” Obama said. “Even I’m affected by this.”

Sound familiar? Start the video at 3:00.

On Friday, Obama signed an executive order to help protect consumers from identity theft.

Article written by Sebastian Dillon for NextShark


Restaurants Now Charging Customers, Servers For Minimum Wage Increases


In response to the recent minimum wage increase in Minnesota from $7.25 to $8, some restaurants have started tacking extra fees onto customer’s bills or taking them directly from servers’ tips to offset costs. The worst part? It’s all totally legal.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the .75 cent wage hike took effect at the beginning of the month, and is the first increase in the state in the past decade. To compensate, business owners like those at the Blue Plate Co. — which oversees eight restaurants in the area — have resorted to “creative” measures to keep costs down, such implementing a new credit card fee that will ultimately shave about 2 – 3% from servers’ tips each time a customer doesn’t pay with cash.

Another tactic used by the owner of the Oasis Cafe in Stillwater is a .35 cent “minimum wage” fee added on at the end of customer’s meals.

Locals, understandably, are pissed.

“Putting [minimum wage] fees on tickets and passing the cost on to consumers directly is strange at best, and creates an ‘us against them’ mentality while ordering dinner,” Wade Luneberg, secretary and treasurer of MN State Council of UNITE HERE Unions, told the Star Tribune.

“It’s just bad morale when [the owner] drives up in a Porsche, and yet he wants my 2 ­percent,” a Blue Plate Co. employee also said.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Dept. of Labor considers such loopholes perfectly legitimate, granted the deductions don’t result in workers making less than minimum wage. Which means, as long as we continue to live in this great, blue-blooded, capitalist-minded nation of ours, the future of higher minimum wages isn’t looking too bright. Go. Freaking. Figure.

H/T Jezebel