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You Can Pay Through Facial Recognition Tech At This California Burger Joint

We’ve had friends ask us to spot them for food because they’ve forgotten both their wallets and phones on multiple lunch breaks. You know who you are. If only there was some kind of technology that would bypass absentmindedness and allow you to pay for your meal with the your most primal of assets: your face.

In a pretty groundbreaking advancement, Cali Burgers announced a pilot program at their Pasadena, CA, location that lets customers pay using their face.

Rather than swiping with a credit card, all you’ll have to do is stand there and smile.

Originally, CaliBurger customers were only able to face log into their loyalty accounts at the self-ordering kiosk. They would then have to use a credit card or their phones to complete their order before receiving food. Now, it appears that has become a thing of the past for anyone with a face.

“The positive customer reaction to face-based loyalty login at the kiosks encouraged us to quickly deploy face based payments at the kiosks,” said John Miller, CEO of Cali Group. “To our knowledge, this is the first time in America that customers in a retail environment can pay without needing a physical or digital wallet.”

Once patrons’ faces are scanned, all they’ll have to do is enter their 3-digit CVV number from their credit card to finish the transaction.

CaliBurger’s payment program launches on Jan. 30.

Definitely going to go try it out a few times. Wonder if they’ll be able to recognize my face after I put on a few pounds though?

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Venmo Blocking Payments Related To Cuban Food Due To US Sanctions On Cuba


If you’re just about finished with a gratifying meal of Cuban food with some of your closest friends and colleagues, you’re probably gonna pause a second before splitting the check. According to BuzzFeed, Venmo is blocking payments pertaining to Cuban food thanks to US sanctions on Cuba.

A group of Buzzfeed staff came upon this the hard way as they grabbed some Cuban food for lunch and tried to divvy up the check using the money transfer platform. Because Venmo needs to be wary of breaching sanctions on specfic countries like Syria, Iran, and Cuba, payments containing key words are flagged and blocked pending review.

It seems stuff like this happens quite often when people Venmo each other for Cuban food, drinks or even entertainment. While relations between Cuba and the US are getting better as time passes, the prohibitions of Cuban Assets Control Regulations are still being enforced, said BuzzFeed.

So the next time you’re dining out with some company and enjoying some fresh medianoche sandwiches, perhaps just bring cash or avoid mentioning Cuba in the payment.