Tonight on GeekNights, we consider the smartwatch. What are they really, and do you really need one? In the news, Apple has brought us the expected updates, Rym is back from Europe with a story, and Scott went to a great concert. We are back from PAX West in all our glory!
Not sure what you guys are taking about with Apple Pay not working outside of America. It’s got to the point where, even when traveling around Europe for weeks, I don’t even bother taking any cash beyond maybe €20. It’s all Apple Pay, all the time, with either my phone or watch.
And Rym, you may think none of these lunch places take Apple Pay, but most will. Anywhere with a card reader will just work with Apple Pay, whether the cashier thinks it will or not.
I often go out now without my wallet, just my watch or phone. I know I can take public transport and buy anything I need via the apps.
Standard practice in the states is still they bring you the bill on a platter / in a booklet, you review, haggle with friends, etc. and then encompass your payment method within and they take it back to the POS terminal at the bar/server station and bring you back a receipt to sign.
That said I have been to bars in philly that are using tablets as order pads linked to the POS and/or using Square headphone jacks for payment like how you described with them bringing it over to you. Its still pretty rare though and if a place is using a tablet for ordering and payment its much more likely for it to be handled at a cashier either at time of order or when you are leaving and then they have the swipe/scan/chip reader there and the tablet flips/twists over to you to sign and enter a tip amount.
Many places in Portland, OR are moving to the international standard, using Square like mentioned above, or moving to make people pay up front, before or after eating, instead of taking the card. I’m assuming other Metro areas are probably moving in that direction, though Portland could be weird in this too.
I can’t remember the last time that happened to me. Between me and my girlfriend, the last time we can remember someone taking a card away was me, when I ate food in an airport in America a few years ago.
These days my main credit card wouldn’t even work without me typing in my PIN, so the wait staff would have to bring the machine anyway.
I keep forgetting comparable America is to a third world country in so many ways.