VOCABULARY

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Here are some simpler and more common vocabulary terms related to taking payment at the table:

  1. Bill: The list of items and their prices that a customer has ordered and must pay for.

  2. Credit card: A plastic card used to make purchases that are paid back later.

  3. Debit card: A plastic card used to make purchases that are directly deducted from the customer’s bank account.

  4. Cash: Physical money used to pay for goods and services.

  5. Tip: An amount of money given to a server by a customer to show appreciation for good service.

  6. Total: The final amount owed by the customer for their order.

  7. Payment: The act of giving money to the restaurant to pay for the order.

  8. Change: The money returned to the customer after paying with cash and the amount given back to round up to the nearest dollar or currency unit.

  9. Receipt: A document that shows proof of payment for goods or services.

  10. Server/waiter/waitress: The person who takes the order, serves the food and drinks, and handles the payment at the table.

  11. Split the bill: The act of dividing the cost of the bill among multiple people.

  12. Cashier: The person who handles payments and manages the cash register in the restaurant.

  13. Credit card machine: A device used to process credit and debit card payments.

  14. Check out: The process of paying for the meal and leaving the restaurant.

  15. Payment method: The way the customer chooses to pay for their order, such as cash, credit card, or debit card.

  16. Gratuities: A more formal term for tips, referring to the amount of money given to a server by a customer to show appreciation for good service.

  17. Sales tax: A percentage added to the cost of goods and services that goes to the government.

  18. Discount: A reduction in the price of the order, usually given as a promotion or special offer.

  19. Receipt printer: A machine used to print receipts for the customer after payment has been made.

  20. Signature: The act of signing a credit card receipt to authorize payment for the order.

  21. Billfold/wallet: The item that a customer keeps their payment method (cash, credit/debit card) and ID in.

  22. Gratuity percentage: The percentage amount a customer chooses to tip their server, usually ranging from 15% to 20% of the total bill.

  23. Payment due date: The deadline for payment, usually referring to when a credit card or other payment method must be paid in full.

  24. Contactless payment: A payment method that uses near field communication (NFC) technology, allowing customers to pay by waving their phone or credit card near the payment terminal.

  25. Invoice: A bill that a business sends to a customer, usually for larger purchases or services.

  26. Payment plan: An agreement between a business and a customer to pay for a purchase or service over time, in installments.

  27. Coupon: A discount or promotion offered by a business, often requiring a code or physical paper to be presented at the time of payment.

  28. Overpayment: The act of paying more than the total amount due for an order, resulting in the customer receiving change or credit towards a future purchase.

  29. Return policy: The guidelines set by a business for customers to return items for a refund or exchange.

  30. Refund: The act of returning money to a customer for a returned item, canceled service, or other reason.

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