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Point of Sale System With Tip control Function

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000083419D
Original Publication Date: 1975-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 25K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Kraus, JR: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A point of sale terminal typically has a keyboard or other apparatus for entering a transaction, an associated display or printer that shows the entries and results of related calculations on these entries and a local and/or remote processor. In a restaurant, one of the terminal operations is to process a guest check and a tip that the guest has written on the check, and to control the payment of the tip amount to the server.

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Point of Sale System With Tip control Function

A point of sale terminal typically has a keyboard or other apparatus for entering a transaction, an associated display or printer that shows the entries and results of related calculations on these entries and a local and/or remote processor. In a restaurant, one of the terminal operations is to process a guest check and a tip that the guest has written on the check, and to control the payment of the tip amount to the server.

A guest has several choices in the method of paying a tip besides leaving cash on the table. For example, for meals charged to credit cards, or to room or city ledger accounts in the case of hotel restaurants, the guest can write the tip amount on the check or can designate a percentage of the check total, or of some other amount that is to be the tip. The tips are later paid to the servers or they may be shared among servers and others. The tip payment may be made directly from the point of sale terminal.

The drawing represents the tip function in a point of sale system. From the guest check, the cashier keys into the terminal the server number and the cost of the meal and other charges. If a tip has been written as a fixed amount on the guest check, that amount is keyed into the terminal and is followed by a function key designated TIP. The point of sale terminal adds the tip to the other entries on the guest bill, and it records the tip and the server number for later paying the tip.

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