I recently had breakfast with a group of friends at Austin’s Kerbey Lane and was delighted to see how they solved the frustration of check splitting. As you can see in the images below, the bill, by default, is broken up into price totals for each individual seat. It seems like a simple adjustment to the formatting of the receipt (which it is), but it made paying the bill a breeze.
It makes sense for a place like Kerbey Lane to institute this billing method; I’d imagine that the majority of their customers are groups of college students who would want to split the bill.
I wonder if there is an elegant way to solve the problem of some people paying with cash and some with credit cards. Perhaps a blank line printed with each seat number, meant to indicate “cash” or the name on the credit card.
“Therein lies the best career advice I could possibly dispense: just DO things. Chase after the things that interest you and make you happy. Stop acting like you have a set path, because you don’t. No one does. You shouldn’t be trying to check off the boxes of life; they aren’t real and they were created by other people, not you. There is no explicit path I’m following, and I’m not walking in anyone else’s footsteps. I’m making it up as I go.”—Charlie Hoehn