No Signature Required

I’ve used both my Mastercard and my Visa card here in the USA, in restaurants and shops in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, and I’ve not once had to sign a credit card slip. Apparently, at least for purchases under $25.00, this is the rule here now. Weird.

Which is not to say that having to sign was ever a great security feature, but you’d think that the direction would be from signature to PIN (the model in Europe), rather than from signature to nothing.