- by C.C.
“Declined? It must be your machine!”
No, ma’am. While saying this out loud may make you feel better about a negative bank balance or overdue credit card, it doesn’t stop the cashier with the sophisticated payment system from knowing that you’re lying.
And, even if your bank account balance is in the positive, a multitude of other factors could be barring you from making your purchase, according to the folks at Discover: Either you’ve reached your limit, your card has been flagged for suspicious activity, you’re shopping in an area where you don’t normally make purchases, or there’s been a recent hold on your account that you’re not aware of.
So, any way you look at this situation, it’s not the cashier’s fault. No need to take it out on them.