Big Issue seller accepts card payments


An innovative Big Issue seller has become the first in the United Kingdom to accept card payments using his smartphone and chip and pin machine.

Simon Mott, a former London underground driver, has been selling the Big Issue for the last three years, after an accident at work eventually left him homeless.



Simon said: "Basically I was finding a lot of my customers were coming up to buy the magazine but they wouldn't have change on them or no cash at all or they would try and offer you higher denominations, like twenty pound notes that I wouldn't necessarily have change for.

"So I thought there has to be a way round this. So I looked on the internet and I found a Swedish company called iZettle and they have a mobile chip and pin that connects by Bluetooth to a smartphone."


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Source: ITN