No Waiting for a Check

What is It?

What is It?

Today we ran over to Chili’s for lunch after church and we were a bit mystified when we noticed that there was a small monitor sitting on each table.  What in the world was it?  The Commander said, “Maybe we get to watch TV while we wait.”

What does it Do?

What does it Do?

It turns out that you can use this little monitor/tablet to do several things.  You can use it to order another drink, order food, let your wait person know that you need them and you can even play games on it.  Our tablet said that you could play an unlimited number of games on it (from the ones listed) for $.99 while you were there on that visit.

Paying the Bill

Paying the Bill

At the end of our meal, the waitress came over and first checked with us to see if we wanted dessert.  We didn’t.  Then she punched a few tiles on the tablet and said that our bill was showing on it and we would be paying right there at the table, using the tablet.  You swipe your card on the side of it, punch in how much of a tip you want to leave (the tablet helpfully shows you what 10, 15, and 20% would be) and then you pay your bill.  It even gives you the option of splitting the bill.

Choosing a Receipt Option

Choosing a Receipt Option

After paying, we told it how we wanted our receipt.  We could choose to not get one, have one emailed to us (the option we chose and it worked great) or to have one printed.

All in all, it was really a slick little thing and I liked not having to sit around and wait for someone to bring me the bill and then having to wait for someone to come back with our card for us to sign the receipt.  I can also see where it would be very useful if you are dining with a group and wanting to split your bill.  No more whipping out all of those calculators and trying to figure things out on your own.

I heard the waitress telling some folks behind us that the Red Robin restaurants have these and Applebees restaurant chain is getting them soon and others will be following suit.  If you’d like to read more about Ziosk, you can go here and see what might be coming to a restaurant near you soon.

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