'Like my song? Tap your feet and card'

Melbourne busker Jessica Paige can now accept donations from those who prefer to use "tap-and-go" contactless payment or scan a QR code with their phones. Her income had fallen as fewer people carried cash.
Melbourne busker Jessica Paige can now accept donations from those who prefer to use "tap-and-go" contactless payment or scan a QR code with their phones. Her income had fallen as fewer people carried cash.PHOTO: SOCIALISE PHOTO

Melbourne buskers now accept e-payments in 'tap-and-go' trial as cash falls out of use

In the centre of Melbourne, buskers have long performed on busy streets with hats or violin cases waiting to catch coins and notes from grateful passers-by.

But the performers are now accepting a new form of payment: They have devices that can take donations either via "tap-and-go" contactless payment or via Alipay QR code technology.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 04, 2018, with the headline ''Like my song? Tap your feet and card''. Print Edition | Subscribe