Pay with your face with PayPal

Shopkeepers on Richmond High Street, London, are leading the fight to make the wallet history, letting shoppers pay using just their mobile phones and profile picture.

The PayPal app now has a tab called Local which you can use to find shops or restaurants near to your location that accept mobile PayPal payments. You can then ‘check in’ like you would on Facebook or Foursquare which then enables you to pay for goods through the PayPal app. Once a customer has checked in, their name and photo appears on the shop’s till, and the cashier charges them by clicking on the shopper’s profile picture. The customer gets an alert on their phone to let them know how much they’ve paid, as well as PayPal’s usual email receipt.

The Richmond check in pioneers include Cook & Garcia, TheFarmery, The Tea Box, The Bingham Hotel, Revolution, Caffé Paolo, The Cedar Coffee Shop, Urban Diner, Pier 1 Fish and Chips, Noble Jones, Hill Café and Knot Coffee and Pretzel.

Rob Harper, Head of Retail Services at PayPal, said, “We’re pleased to help local businesses of all sizes offer a new more personal experience, while never having to turn away customers who don’t have enough cash on them to pay. Now locals in Richmond can leave their wallet or purse at home and be the first in the country to use their profile picture to pay.”

Keen to try it out? Head down to Richmond and look out for the ‘Now accepting PayPal’ stickers in the window.

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