October 5, 2022

From The Ground: DeLorme Tests El Salvador’s Fast Food Chains’ BTC Capabilities

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Part 2 of thee of the From The Ground reports based upon Stephen DeLorme’s extraordinary work. Here’s the first edition, however let’s recap. DeLorme is a designer who’s got a grant from Spiral BTC to work with the Bitcoin Design Community. They produced the outstanding Bitcoin Design Guide. He’s also a caring human who asked Salvadorans the questions that the media won’t touch. His series of posts got the details we didn’t know we required about El Salvador’s Bitcoin experiment. And here it goes.

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DeLorme Pays For Coffee With Bitcoin

The big international chains were the very first to determine how to successfully receive Bitcoin payments. We’ve seen videos from every El Salvador visitor and their grandmothers paying for a cup of coffee through The Lightning Network. DeLorme’s observations, however, provide brand-new insights. He declares Starbucks “one of the most smooth Bitcoin user experiences I had has so far.” Naturally, they didn’t use the Chivo Wallet. They utilized the Guatemalan payment solution, IBEX Mercado.

Now, take a look at this alpha he offers us:

“IBEX Mercado appears to use Lightning as its default. Fascinating to note what appears to be a Chivo logo design in the info bar at top of the cashier’s UI. They might be running Chivo on the same phone. Someone has informed me that for merchants running more than wallet, if you look Salvadoreño, the cashier will probably present you with Chivo; if you appear like a foreigner, they will most likely present you with IBEX.”

This has nothing to do with discrimination. Only Salvadorans can use the Chivo Wallet, and the system seems to work when it’s Chivo to Chivo. On the other hand, when a foreigner approaches they understand that he’s going to utilize any other Lightning Wallet, so Starbucks takes out IBEX Mercado’s payment service. Pretty smart, if you consider it. A way to browse the mess of the first couple of months, till whatever calms down.

Paying For Fast Food With Bitcoin

When it was time for lunch, Stephen DeLorme went to Dennis. This time, the experience wasn’t almost as smooth. After a couple of hilarious scenes, much confusion, and a number of wallets, this occurred:

“Having experienced the dollars QR code as soon as before, I understood this wouldn’t be LN or BTC suitable, so I pulled out Strike to see if it (by possibility) would work. The “Pay” performance in Strike is not compatible with Chivo’s dollar QR code, so this seems to be a Chivo just feature.”

DeLorme handles to get Dennis’ staff member to switch to Bitcoin and pay with Strike … they end up charging him twice due to the fact that the Chivo Wallet does not register the payment in the beginning. And then, this takes place:

“They opened the money drawer and gave me a refund in cash. Why is that? Does Chivo app not offer a “refund” function? That’s a little aggravating that the Chivo app doesn’t automatically revitalize when a payment is pending.”

So, once again, the Chivo Wallet is the one triggering the issue.

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TradingView.com DeLorme Goes To The Market, Supermarket, And Mall

The next day, DeLorme goes to San Salvador’s Centro Histórico. There’s an outside market there. What did he find? Or even better, what didn’t he discover?

“I did not find any “Aceptamos Bitcoin” signs. This was definitely a mostly cash-based market. Fortunately, cellular phone signal was good in the location, so Bitcoin is an option here.”

Then, he goes to the mall. Once once again, almost nobody accepts Bitcoin yet. And people were stressed over Article 7’s implications. But back to DeLorme’s text:

“I then went over to the MetroCentro shopping mall and wandered for a bit. “Aceptamos Bitcoin” indications are scarce. I saw a homemade indication at a tee shirt vendor’s booth, as well as some main Chivo ones.”

At the grocery store, DeLorme witness a sad story. A couple can’t find out how to pay with the Chivo wallet and leaves “the shop without their groceries.” Apparently, the male forgot some kind of pin number. “It was sad to watch. It was a rather small order, about $10.”

Then, DeLorme goes into a store called Dollarcity, in which they once again charge him two times. For the same reason.

“I paid on-chain utilizing Strike wallet here. After about 30 seconds, her device had no indicator that my payment was gotten. She assisted me towards trying to carry out the deal again.”

This time, they don’t offer him a refund. It’s not out of malice, however out of confusion. The entire Bitcoin system is new to them, the Chivo Wallet is malfunctioning, and there’s likewise the language barrier. Luckily, that does not stop DeLorme from making a genuine connection. This was at Wendy’s at lunchtime.

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“A local man in line behind me saw me paying in Bitcoin and approached me to inquire about it. We spoke for a few minutes while waiting in line, and then after we ate as we were both leaving.
I explained that I was here researching how individuals are using the innovation. I asked him how he felt about Bitcoin. He stated that at first it simply seemed like a political thing to him, once he saw the worth of Bitcoin increasing, it made good sense to him as a prospective investment.”

So, the appetite for understanding exists, even if it’s fueled by Bitcoin’s Number Go Up technology. DeLorme skillfully points the man to the Mi Primer Bitcoin group that we fulfilled in his first On The Ground report.

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