Bird Pay tries to appease local businesses plagued by scooters

Bird Pay in action. | Image: Bird

Bird, the electric scooter company, is testing a new in-app purchase capability called Bird Pay. It’s a move that’s meant to appease local business owners plagued by hoards of scooters dumped in front of their stores. The idea is to somehow coax more Bird riders into shops where they can buy chips and soda at the beginning or end of their rides. According to Bird, 58 percent of Bird rides either start or finish in front of local businesses.

Here’s how Bird Pay cashless payments work:

  1. Open the Bird app and hit Ride, as though you were about to rent a nearby scooter
  2. However, instead of scanning a scooter’s QR code, you scan the shop’s code
  3. Enter the amount
  4. Swipe up to pay using payment information already shared with Bird

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