I stopped for gas this morning and the pump rebooted. I swiped my debit card, but instead of the usual
Is this a debit card? Y/N
query, the pump responded with
and a stream of self-test diagnostics. After about a minute (slow, but faster than rebooting my Windows laptop), the pump signaled readiness. I swiped my debit card again.
Could my card have acquired special powers? Having a “reboot” card might be cool, but it wouldn’t offset the loss of the “buy things” magic. No such luck; the card worked in another pump.