tedward, if the plan is such a remarkable and great idea, why does NO OTHER RESTAURANT / PUB IN VICTORIA use it!?!. All the examples you cite are take-out places. Even the ones that tried (Spinnakers, Maude Hunters) abandoned it years ago, as customers' expectations changed and debit use became more widespread.
I'm just predicting it won't work. And for the many reasons I cited, based on my 4 years as a general manager in the service industry very recently.
I'm not slagging anyone.
So you think they won't use debit machines? Nonsense.
I didn't say that. But businesses can not afford to run a debit card for each and every drink/food item. They pay a charge for every single transaction. That's why most places you go to will not debit, or they charge a fee for under, say $5 or $6.
40 people in the bar, all running "slates" under their name, there will be mix-ups by the bartenders, putting drinks/food on the wrong slate.
Right...because it is much more complicated for servers to get the ticket right at the bar than at table side? Nonsense.
Yes, it sure is. When you can assign a table number to a bill, it's way easier. The way this will be set up, every time a guy buys a drink you'll either need to remember their name, ask his name*, or note his clothing or something. How will one or two bartenders keep track of 50 or 60 people? So now when a customer goes to pay, and you have him down for three beers, and he claims he only had two, how are you going to assign that other beer to someone? At that point, you are lost. Your manager is going to have to write that beer off, although the person that drank it is likely in the room. There is no way you are going to figure out how you lost that other beer. The guy that got it, and did not get it assigned to his slate ain't going to offer to pay for it when his bill looks short by one beer. He's just going to feel lucky.
*And here is another problem. There is nothing personal and friendly about a server asking your name every single time you buy a beer. But invariable, to not look foolish, a server will start to try to remember your name, and in doing so will sometimes screw it up and assign your drink to the wrong slate. It's human nature. It will happen.
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