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Posted by Boghound on September 8, 2010


Busker rejects cash – only accepts card payments

A busker in London has started to refuse cash payments and is now only accepting money for his performances via credit cards.

Peter Buffery plays on a guitar which has been adapted to feature ‘contactless technology’ allowing passers-by in Soho Square to ‘swipe’ a card and give him money.

As the student from Kingston University played listeners only needed to wave their card over the head of his instrument to make a £5 donation.

While we’re not sure exactly what songs Buffery performed, we can’t help but hope he played Cash Machine by Hard-Fi and then maybe Gimme Gimme Gimme by Abba.

A spokesperson for Barclays, which has provided the tech, said: “Today saw the UK’s first contactless busker play in London’s Soho Square and it’s been a great success.

"Not only in terms of how good the music’s been but it’s really demonstrated that there is an easier and quicker way for people to make everyday purchases."

Money raised during the event is being donated to the ‘Help a London Child’ charity

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