A quick article on an insignificant topic.
I am a crypto nomad and every time I go to a new place I check out coinmap.org and go through all the places that accept Bitcoin in that city. The user experience is usually terrible. Often the place doesn’t even accept Bitcoin. Often there is some glitch with their system. Even if everything is working properly you will almost always get a bad attitude from the staff, because you want to pay with Bitcoin.
There are two reasons for that: (1) People generally hate new things and stuck in their fixed mindset. (2) You will definitely not tip them.
The second doesn’t matter in Japan or Taiwan, where the word “tipping” is not in the locals’ vocabulary. I learned it in the “hard way”. Once the cashier were running after me out of the store that I left an insignificant amount of change there.
But this is not the norm. Most countries have tipping culture, which brings me to the “how do you tip with Bitcoin?” quesiton.
It usually goes like this: they generate a QR code for you with the amount. And then you pay.
There is no way to tip in this situation. This is a great way to make your staff hate Bitcoin.
A few years ago I saw a post on Reddit that instead of generating the QR with the amount, first they make you to choose how much you want to tip. The options goes like this: “15% tip, 10% tip, 5% tip, No tip”.
My reaction was: This is terrible. It literally forces you to tip. Isn’t it easier to “just forget the tip” than explicitly click on the “No tip” button? I bet nobody has ever clicked on that button. It’s just embarrassing.
I’m in Pattaya right now and today I experienced this way of payment in the Beer Garden. Holy shit I was wrong. This is a great way of payment.
Remember what I said in the beginning? “Even if everything is working properly you will almost always get a bad attitude from the staff, because you want to pay with Bitcoin.” This shit system fixes it…
You don’t usually pay with Bitcoin, because it makes sense. At least not in stores. You pay with it, because you are a suffering from incurable crypto obsession disease.
It makes the staff happy, becuase you have to be an asshole to not tip the maximum amount. But it also makes you happy, because it’ll reinforce it in yourself: “You see: Bitcoin works…”.
One can of course come up with better ways to do this, but my point is: I was terribly wrong about this specific one. It really is a great way to pay, because it fixed the biggest problem of paying with Bitcoin in a store: the humans.