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Small Businesses Turn to Tablets as Registers

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The wheels are spinning for some local businesses in Helena.

The bike shop: Garage and Murray’s Restaurant which are both located downtown have been using the app "square." 
"Square" was designed for tablets and smart phones which provides businesses with an electronic register.

Steve Coen, owner of Garage, says, "It is a credit card processing app for the iPhone and iPad."

Once a customer swipes their credit card, the total amount pops up and then it's time to give the old John Hancock.

It's that simple, but it's still new to many customers.

"How do I sign it seems a little weird. Some people we just have use their finger, which can be a little awkward at points. One of my favorites is people think that they are just supposed to put their thumb print on it."

"Square" is not only for businesses but can be used by anyone as a form of payment to any business that uses "square."

Marianne Adams, a Helena resident, says, "It’s easier than cash, it's easier than a debit card.  It's just simple, you can leave a tip on it and it's very easy. I'm just surprised more people don't use it."

It's even easier to download. Just go into your mobile app store, type in square wallet and click install.  It's pretty much paying with your phone.

Story by Matt Witkos, Beartooth NBC.
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