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Restaurant Point of Sale Terminal With Service Charge Function

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000083420D
Original Publication Date: 1975-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 22K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Greenlie, DG: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Service charges for a restaurant can be calculated in several ways. An amount may be added to the bill to bring the total to a predetermined minimum. A cover charge may be calculated as a fixed amount or a fixed percentage of other charges.

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Restaurant Point of Sale Terminal With Service Charge Function

Service charges for a restaurant can be calculated in several ways. An amount may be added to the bill to bring the total to a predetermined minimum. A cover charge may be calculated as a fixed amount or a fixed percentage of other charges.

These functions are performed quickly and accurately on a point of sale terminal. The cashier makes one of the following entries once at the beginning of a meal period. 1/XX AMOUNT

2/XXXX AMOUNT

3/XXXX AMOUNT.

In the first example, the numeral 1 and function / identify a service charge that is a percentage of the total of other items. The X field is the selected percent and the function AMOUNT signals the completion of the entry. The percentage is applied to the total amount of the items entered prior to activating the function TOTAL for that transaction. A transaction that does not have a service charge is excluded from the calculation by keying the function NON SERVICE CHARGE, before keying the function TOTAL for the transaction.

The second example identifies a service charge that is a fixed amount and the third example identifies a service charge that is a fixed minimum. These service charges are based on the number of persons that are to be charged, and the terminal directs the cashier in making this entry. The amount entered in the X field is multiplied by the number of people to calculate the fixed amount or the minimum amount.

A service charge function can b...