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Chipotle Thinks It Got Hacked, So Check Your Credit Cards

Just when Chipotle was getting back on its feet from the food safety scandals, this happens.

The custom burrito chain announced to analysts Tuesday, that they had detected “unauthorized activity” on their payment processing network, and believe they may have been hacked, according to Fortune.

While Chipotle was able to implement security measures pretty quickly to stop the hacker, data on sales between March 24th and April 18th may have still been compromised, so anyone who bought Chipotle in that time frame should be wary.

Chipotle later released a public statement on the activity, encouraging their customers to check their payment cards:

“Consistent with good practices, consumers should closely monitor their payment card statements. If anyone sees an unauthorized charge, they should immediately notify the bank that issued the card. Payment card network rules generally state that cardholders are not responsible for such charges.”

Chipotle is conducting an investigation with law enforcement and cyber security firms to determine exactly what happened, and will notify affected customers as everything gets straightened out and the investigation on their end is resolved.

In the meantime, if you’ve had Chipotle recently, you might want to keep an eye on your credit, or debit card activity. Better to be safe than sorry when it comes to hacks.


New Gadget Calculates Tips, Splits the Bill, and Prevents You From Killing Your Dinner Mates


As far as I’m concerned, splitting the check is the worst possible way to end a meal. It could be the absolute best, most flavorful food I’ve ever tasted, and I could be sharing it with dearly beloved friends and family members.  That won’t stop me from wanting to ram forks into my eye sockets after five minutes of passing the bill back and forth and arguing about how much of a tip would be “fair” for each person if Sarah spent $12 on a milkshake and everyone else just got water. So if you told me that there was an invention that not only calculated tips for me, but also allowed me to swipe my own credit card, split my own bill, and get me signed, sealed, and out the door in less time than it would normally take me to say “Check please,” I might just explode with joy.

Okay, that was an exaggeration. No explosions happened when I discovered the RAIL, a handy gadget developed by Washington-based startup Viableware, but there was definitely a gasp. And maybe an obscenity or two. The RAIL allows customers to pay their own bill without waiting for the server to bring their check, and it contains handy features that let you do all of the necessary number crunching with no muss, no fuss, and no eyeball stabbing. That’s a pretty big deal for the mathematically challenged among us. The devices are roughly $200 apiece, which makes them pricey but probably worth it for restaurants looking to maximize customer satisfaction. And hey, minimal calculation-induced frustration probably means bigger tips for servers. Success all around!

H/T + PicThx CNN


Why 2013 is the Year to Do Away With ‘Cash Only’

There has been more than a few times in my life that I stepped up to a counter to order food only to find out that they only accepted cash. Is there anything more disappointing? So much of a good meal is the anticipation that comes with it. Waiting in line to order, watching your food cook in a pan, sitting with your friends salivating over everyone else’s order. But all of that anticipation can be turned to disappointment at the sight of one of those god-awful “Cash Only” signs.

So, do I think the movement for some food establishments, like TRU Deli and Wine in North Carolina, to stop accepting cash and only cards is a good one? Sure I do. And here’s why: Nearly everyone who chooses to go out to eat carries some type of card, whether credit or debit. Will it alienate some potential consumers? Maybe, but probably not. Even if you show up and learn that they are card only, you’re not left high and hungry like being cashless at a cash only debacle.

TRU Deli’s owner, Dwight Debree, chooses to use the San Francisco based company Square as his company’s card reader, and says that not using cash has sped up the ordering and serving process. He also says that though there is a fee that goes along with only using cards, the money is more than made back through the increased efficiency.

Will all restaurants adopt this trend? Obviously, no. But should they? Hell ya! Carrying cash is so 2012.

H/T QSR + PictureThx ROQBOT