I saw in another thread that someone overhead a McDonalds employee discuss how they could tell when a mystery shopper was in the store when they ordered a particular item and paid cash. This had me wondering, why would paying in cash give a mystery shopper away? Do some restaurants require you actually pay in cash? I have a sit-down restaurant shop today and was planning on paying with my credit card as the summary doesn't specify I cannot. I just want to make sure there isn't an unspoken rule about how mystery shopping must be done in cash. Yes I'm paranoid about my shop being invalidated and this is probably a silly question.
The shops that require cash for everything except the room are checking for "cash integrity," i.e. making sure the cash gets into the till. You do not have to be personally aware of the many ways to skim cash, but if you answer those survey questions based on your accurate observations, the client will have a very good idea of who may need extra surveillance. Ant buffet service is particularly vulnerable to cash skimming, so just assume that you are going to be told to order the buffet breakfast at any large hotel. When you do valet parking shops at hotels where you are not a guest, you can bet that they will want you to pay cash for the same reason. (It's way too obvious to have shoppers who are staying at the hotel pay cash for parking, which is why those other shops exist!)
I do a ton of garage parking shops in large cities. Those are places where cash just melts away if not closely monitored. I am learning a lot about cash diversion doing these shops. (No, these are not the $17, or less, parking shops.) And, for these, it's hard to remember NOT to ask for a receipt, lol.
Me too. In fact, I use my credit card or debit card to pay for almost everything in life. I like those reward points and even the little purchases add up after awhile. My debit card earns a cash back incentive on certain purchases. I like having a paper trail of my expenses; it keeps me on track. I am debt-free.@JASFLALMT wrote:
I always use a credit card unless there are specific instructions not to do so.