This is the first payment app we've seen that also thinks of restaurant staff. But do the devices need to be that bulky?
— Jason Clampet
No more pantomiming the signing of a restaurant bill or pretending to scratch your head when the waiters ignore you.
Barclaycard, the payment services arm of U.K. bank Barclays Plc, is testing a system called Dine & Dash that lets customers walk out of restaurants once they’ve finished eating.
Users who download a mobile app and enter bank details can touch their smartphones to a device on the restaurant table when they sit down. The system automatically takes payment, and the gadget changes color to inform the staff. Diners receive a digital receipt, and the app lets them split bills or apply discounts.
Restaurant-goers can try the new system at a London branch of Italian-themed chain Prezzo next month, Barclaycard said.
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