Stingy mates and penny-pinching patrons will no longer be able to skip out on bar tabs or restaurant bills thanks to an Illawarra software developer.
Craig Stanford is one of the minds behind Clipp, a new smartphone app that aims to take the fuss and risk out of setting up a tab or bill.
After setting up an account on your iPhone, Android or Blackberry, users can simply add new purchases to their bill with the tap of a screen or the push of a button. Mr Stanford, formerly of Albion Park and a University of Wollongong graduate, said such a system protected both bar-goers and bartenders alike.
"You don't have to hand over your card or licence to start the tab. I never did it, I don't like handing those over, and this means you don't forget your stuff at the end of a big night," he said.
"Speaking to venues, they couldn't guarantee the money from tabs and they said they lose lots of money off unpaid tabs."
The app has been 12 months in development, and is starting a rollout across the country. Mr Stanford said flagship Sydney venues such as the Argyle, Lowenbrau and the Bavarian Bier Café, as well as the Broncos Leagues Club in Brisbane, have already signed up to the system.
"It stores your card details in the app, and if there's not enough money it gets rejected," he said.
"It adds safety for the pub and the user."
Customers also earn reward points for each purchase. The idea for the app came from Stanford's work with Clipp co-founder Greg Taylor on another app, eCoffeeCard.
"It was a loyalty app for cafes, to move away from those paper loyalty cards," he said.
"We wanted to get loyalty programs and move it into restaurants and clubs too."
Mr Stanford said there were no Illawarra venues using the software, but with the app only just launched there were plans to expand across Australia and even into the UK and Canada. Clipp is available from the Apple App Store and Google Play.