'Like my song? Tap your feet and card'

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

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

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''. Subscribe