Will Fine Dining Start Asking for the Money Up Front?

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Most people in the Going Global Community like to eat out. Heck most of us spend weeks, months on the road working and so having a nice meal and good bottle of wine at the end of the day is a little reward for all of the other challenges associated with traveling for a living. But restaurants, unlike airlines or hotels, are uniquely vulnerable to fickle, feckless and even freakingly dishonest consumers.

But if a new trend continues this may change. Restaurants may adapt the put up or shut up model and begin requiring a credit card to hold a reservation. Check this out and you’ll see what we mean.

Is there any other simple transaction that has so many opportunities for deception as making a restaurant reservation? In the case of fashionable places, merely getting a reservation within a month of requesting it can be quite a feat too. But why should we be surprised? The restaurant business is one where everyone lies to each…

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