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Weird things you can pay for with contactless

21 Feb 2019

Contactless payments are making transactions quicker and more convenient, with spending via contactless now the more popular choice than chip and pin payments. While we’re used to paying with contactless for our morning coffee or a pint of milk, here are some of the more usual ways you can tap your card around the world…

Tap and pull a pint in London

Henry’s Café Bar in London became the first to test a prototype tap-and-pull pint station, with technology developed by Barclaycard. To combat long bar queues, customers were able to simply tap their contactless card on the pump and pour their own pint.

Donate to the homeless 

Want to help the homeless but never have cash? An innovative new jacket for the homeless has been tested in Amsterdam to allow people to donate using their contactless cards. The jacket is warm, made from heavy material with a fur hood and a sensor for contactless payments. The jacket allows the public to donate a Euro, which can be redeemed for meals, a bath or an overnight stay in a homeless shelter.

Give to some of the UK’s biggest charities

We might not have contactless jackets for the homeless here yet, but charities in the UK have been trialing contactless collection boxes for street fundraising. The boxes allow charity-givers to donate change as usual, or to use their contactless card for a recommended donation of £2. Twelve charities were involved in the pilot, including NSPCC, Oxfam and The Royal British Legion, and found that the average donation was £3.07, compared to £1 on average when donating with cash.

Buy a hot dog, or donate to a church

Sweden is leading the way in becoming the first cashless society. Buses haven’t taken cash for years, retailers are legally entitled to decline cash and many areas don’t even have ATMs. Cash is only used for 20% of transactions, and over half of Sweden’s banks no longer keep money on hand or accept cash deposits.

You can even donate to your local church or buy a hotdog on the street without dipping into your Krona coins.

Buy your lunch, no human contact required

Salad and health food chain, Tossed, opened the UK’s first entirely cashless restaurant in March last year, where customers pay at self-service kiosks by card or contactless payment instead of cash. Customers make their food selections using a touch screen menu and can collect in store or from a designated collection point.

Get on board our buses


Think you need change to get on the bus? Not anymore! All of our buses - across the UK - now offer contactless as a method of payment. Say goodbye to scrambling to find the right change and say hello to tap and go!

Learn more about contactless on our buses