Standing at her usual spot right below Seattle City Hall, Real Change vendor Mellie Kaufman made one of the first paper sales using a cashless payment app.
The customer was a regular of Kaufman’s. He logged into the Venmo app, found Real Change, typed in Kaufman’s name and badge number and paid her $5, $2 for the cover price of the paper plus a $3 tip.
“It was a neat experience,” Kaufman said. “I physically gave him a paper but the money was right there when I came down to the office.”