why some restaurants don’t want your restaurant tickets

INVESTIGATION Restaurant vouchers, from which 4 million French people benefit, are regularly refused by restaurant owners.

The meal voucher is partially financed by the employer, who pays between 50% and 60% of its value.
The meal voucher is partially financed by the employer, who pays between 50% and 60% of its value. Benjamin Ferran / Le Figaro

“Oh no, sorry, we don’t take them at night.” In this small pizzeria in the 17th arrondissement, as in many restaurants in France, the meal voucher is no longer in the party lately. While the French held 500 million euros at the end of confinement, the government had nevertheless decided to open the floodgates by pushing back the payment ceiling in restaurants from 19 to 38 euros per day and by authorizing its holders to use it evenings and weekends. But this social advantage, which still weighs 6 billion euros per year, no longer finds its place in the hearts of many restaurateurs. The commission charged for each transaction is indeed considered excessive, up to 10 times that of an ordinary bank card. A year ago, the main issuers of meal vouchers were even penalized with a fine of 414 million euros for exchanging information and agreeing among themselves on the amount of these commissions. But nothing has changed so much since.

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