All this debit stuff in the US is so foreign to me. I was in Chicago recently and most places we went said “we take debit,” but really that means, “we take credit cards, but it’s okay if they are hooked up to your bank account and are kind of like debit.”
In Canada NO ONE carries cash because we all have actual debit cards that are issued by our banks and the money comes right out of our bank accounts. They are not VISA, or MC debit cards, they are *just* bank debit cards. And there is little to no fee to use them, and if there isn’t money in your account, and you haven’t previously set up an overdraft, your transaction is declined and your purchase doesn’t go through.
Also, debit cards are accepted EVERYWHERE from major retailers to 7-11 to the dollar store.
Who wants to move to Canada with me?