In a first for Canada, Torontonians can now leave their wallet at home and pay with the PayPal mobile app at some of the city’s cafés, restaurants, and food trucks.
With a swipe, people can check in to pay and let the barista or server know that that they are paying with PayPal. Once they check in to pay, the customer’s name and profile photo appears on the restaurant’s payment system.
This makes it possible for the server to identify them, take their order, confirm the amount to be paid, and charge them just by clicking their photo. The customer then gets an alert on their phone informing them of the amount paid and an email confirmation from PayPal—no paper receipt.
“We’re thrilled to bring our innovation in mobile payments to Canada and help diners get a fast and secure bill payment experience on their smartphone,” said Kerry Reynolds, head of consumer marketing, PayPal Canada. “People don’t have to look for exact change to pay for their lunch, wait in line to punch in their card details, or print out coupons for a restaurant deal.”
PayPal points out that cafés and food trucks which previously only accepted cash no longer have to turn away customers, while restaurant owners can drive brand engagement and customer loyalty by offering incentives that can be redeemed within the PayPal mobile app.
So far the PayPal app works with about 50 establishments in Toronto, including Thor Espresso Bar on Bathurst Street, Come and Get It on Queen Street West, and Lil’ Bean N’ Green in Leslieville.