At the beginning of this week I met with two of my friends for dinner at one restaurant. During the course of the evening I was very bullish about Steem and even succeeded in creating their discounted accounts with some SP delegation. This should get them started.
As I was getting ready to leave, I payed the bill but before we parted I told them that in the future I would like to pay with Steem or even with an upvote at the restaurant.
Wouldn’t it be nice?
I’ve been thinking about this for a while and today decided to formulate a theoretical solution to this challenge. Since I’m not a developer my ideas may be way off or just plain wrong so feel free to tell me this and your own ideas and improvements in the comments. So here we go.
First of all, the owner of the restaurant would need to create a special QR code on a sheet of paper, in the menu or in the visible place of the restaurant to present the customers with the option to pay with Steem or with an upvote.
When a customer would scan this QR code, it would direct the customer to their Steem profile where one could simply transfer Steem for the meal or a coffee to them. In order to be able to pay with an upvote, the owner of the restaurant would have to create an announcement post about this option to pay. Since after 7 days this post would stop collecting rewards, the restaurant could create a separate comment every day.
And so the customer would simply upvote this comment with the large enough upvote. Since now it’s possible to get instant notifications using many different front-ends about upvotes, transfers and comments, the waiter would notice the upvote and the amount right away. In order to create a specific invoice for each customer, perhaps a waiter could even create a separate comment for each customer to upvote.
The biggest challenge today are low Steem prices to consider the upvote option but paying with Steem transfer would not be a problem because the exact amount can easily be adjusted. And by the way, the restaurant should calculate 75% author reward rate into the price of the upvote.
I imagine this could be possible even today without too much technical intervention. It’s just a matter of finding a restaurant or a cafe owner who would like to play with this idea. Of course developers could develop a more seamless integration with a special device or a DApp at point of sale but it’s a start and since everybody seems to carry smartphones today anyway, I think it’s not at all complicated to pay this way.
Because if you present people with an option, quite often they take it. This way awareness of Steem could spread quite rapidly at least at that location.
What do you think? Would it work? What would you need to improve to make it work?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments.