You’ll have to drop the old ‘I’ve forgotten my wallet’ trick next time it’s your round in north London. Because Proud Galleries has introduced a biometric payment system where customers pay for pints using just their finger.
The latest in contactless payment – called Fingopay – uses a bartop scanner and allows customers to introduce their index finger when they’re ready to settle up. The unique patterns of the veins in each customer’s index finger – which need to be linked to their bank account in advance to make a payment possible – are electronically scanned on the spot in the aim of speeding up transactions at the bar.
So the trial at Camden's bar, gallery and live music space could signal the future of pub sessions in London. And for once, it'll be far from rude to point.