Will that be cash, or MasterCard

Justin Dickie
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Tim Hortons catching up with changing technology

AMHERST Tim Hortons is catching up with technology.

The coffee shop has always only accepted cash payment, but thats about to change.

Right now a few communities in Canada are conducting a trial run of MasterCard-only plastic payment. Every location in Canada is expected to take MasterCard in the next 10 weeks.

Doug Costin, owner of Amhersts three Tims locations, said it was only a matter of time.

Most people today dont carry cheque books. Years ago thats how you paid for things, Costin said. Now people dont carry cash.

Costin expects his stores to be equipped for plastic payment by the end of this month. Customers will be able to swipe their MasterCard and tap-and-go technology will also be available.

Its been something customers have been asking for for years, Costin said. Finally were going to have something thats going to work.

Tim Hortons plans to accept all credit cards in the future. Costin said they will also soon have reloadable cash cards, which will replace gift certificates. He hopes to have those by Christmas.

Tims only accepted cash in the past to keep service speed at its best. Costin said technology is advanced enough now that it shouldnt extend your wait.

Tim Hortons has been a long time coming with it because they dont want to affect the speed of service, Costin said. It has to be an instant transaction. There cant be any delay.

Costin isnt sure when or if debit payment will be accepted at this point.



jdickie@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: MasterCard, Tim Hortons

Geographic location: Canada

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