"As far as restaurants go, Marquis is a bit swanky; the sort of place you expect a top menu and attentive staff.... and events proceed from there as you might expect. Is that normal? What if, as is the case here, a person doesn't have a credit card?
But after waiting an age for table service, my dad finally got up and ordered with a waiter at the bar.
We had just settled back at the table when a young waitress approached. "If you don't want to pay now then I need to take your credit card," she told Dad. "It's in case you leave without paying," she added."
Updated 6/11/2011 I Asked Metafilter. The answers were yes, no and maybe. Depends.