Masons notices the change

TIP: Masons' Nick Clarke says customers pay with a card and tip separately in cash.

TIP: Masons' Nick Clarke says customers pay with a card and tip separately in cash.

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Restaurants are likely to feel the financial industry's move away from signatures as a form of credit card authorisation because of changes to tipping.

The act of giving a tip by writing an extra amount on the bottom of a receipt and changing the total amount is becoming less common because signing for a credit card will no longer be the payment method.

Masons of Bendigo manager Nick Clarke said the restaurant already had a new kind of eftpos machine that only required the PIN code from paying customers.

Mr Clarke said prior to the customer keying in their PIN code to pay, the machine asks if there is a tip to be added to the total.

He said this feature meant he had to ask the customer for a tip - face to face - when they pay. 

Mr Clarke said it was "a little bit awkward" because it took away the concept of tipping as a discreet act. 

He said, as signatures were becoming the less common method, he had noticed customers paying for their meals with their credit card and tipping separately in cash.

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