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A few weeks back I ran across an article on The Consumerist suggesting that if you’re having trouble getting your credit card to swipe, you should lick it. As crazy as this sounds, I had an opportunity to try it out this morning, and guess what? It worked!
On my way to work, I stopped off to fill my gas tank. As usual, I whipped out my Amex Blue Cash rewards card so I could get a tasty 5% discount. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get it to swipe properly. Instead, I got a “CARD READ ERROR” message every time I tried. Rather than giving up and swiping my Chase Freedom rewards card, which tops out at 3% rewards, I decided to press on.
While rubbing the magnetic strip with a plastic grocery bag sometimes does the trick, there weren’t have any bags laying. Thus, I licked my finger, ran it down the magnetic strip, and then tried swiping my card. Bingo! It worked perfectly.
So… Next time you can’t get your card to swipe, try lubing it up with a bit’o’saliva.