Credit is a tough sell as Dick’s Drive-In customers still bringing cash for their burgers and fries


Outdated habits die arduous for quick meals followers in Seattle. Dick’s Drive-In, the burger mainstay that has been taking cash solely for 62 years, began accepting extra fashionable types of fee final week at its location in Wallingford, however a lunchtime go to Monday confirmed cash is still king.

Below sunny skies, a regular stream of customers stuffed the parking zone and waited at a number of cashier home windows to put orders for cheeseburgers, Deluxes, Specials, fries and shakes. And virtually everybody I noticed paying or spoke to after they bought their order stated they’re simply used to utilizing cash in spite of everything these years.

Andrew Angelos and his buddy Charlie Taylor, each 18, sat on the hood of Angelos’ 1966 Mustang wanting like some form of throwback to the restaurant’s early days. Each have been born and raised in Seattle and each stated that they had no plans to change to considered one of Dick’s new fee strategies, be it bank card or cell fee such as Apple Pay or Android Pay.

“I’d if I got here right here and forgot cash,” stated Taylor, as he and Angelos each laughed on the prospect of going to Dick’s with out remembering to have cash.

Angelos stated it was his final day in Seattle earlier than he heads to New York Metropolis to attend the Manhattan Faculty of Music. Taylor leaves for Cal Poly in two weeks. Each knew a Dick’s go to was important earlier than leaving as they ate equivalent orders of two cheeseburgers, fries and a vanilla shake.

The glass-fronted restaurant was peppered with posters alerting customers to the change in fee coverage. Credit card machines now sit within the home windows not removed from the straws and napkins. Cute slogans liken the change to the most important factor to hit Seattle since a SuperSonics NBA championship or since Macklemore carried out on prime of the Capitol Hill location.

Some cashiers wore T-shirts with wording that might have been directed at Angelos: “Keep in mind whenever you drove your first automotive to Dick’s? This is virtually that good.”

Tony Matteo, 63, is a graduate of the close by College of Washington. He’s been coming to Dick’s since 1970. He lives in West Seattle however needed to run an errand in north Seattle and admitted he can’t go by a Dick’s with out stopping.

“I all the time have cash on me,” Matteo stated. “I financial institution on-line, I do all the pieces on-line. I didn’t even consider utilizing a bank card at this time.”

He figures his 24-year-old son would be the one to embrace the brand new funds. He’ll be one of many early adopters if he does, as GeekWire realized that within the week since coming on-line on the one location, about 20 p.c of customers are paying with one thing apart from cash.

I’ve been in Seattle 20 years and think about myself a Dick’s fan, if not a hardcore common. On totally different events, I’ve pulled out of the parking zone in Wallingford, Capitol Hill and Crown Hill as a result of I noticed I didn’t have cash available. And I’ve paid the charge at close by ATMs to fulfill the urge.

Monday I used Apple Pay for the primary time to get a cheeseburger, fries and a small root beer. It was simple, and the meals tasted precisely the identical as all of the instances I paid for it with cash.

Mike and Carolyn Hill, college lecturers from Ann Arbor, Mich., didn’t have any nostalgia to fall again on as they approached the counter to put an order together with their two younger daughters. The household is visiting Seattle and British Columbia for 11 days, and whereas Mike had cash in his pockets, Carolyn informed him to carry onto it since credit score was an possibility.

The one debate left to settle was over the mustard that comes customary on the cheeseburger one of many women ordered.

“Simply scrape it off,” Carolyn stated.

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