Starbucks Introduces Digital Tipping

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Starbucks has made it easier to tip the baristas who make your daily triple, nonfat latte with an update to their iPhone app. Starting March 19, users can choose to leave a 50 cent, $1, or $2 tip up to two hours after their purchase. The feature, which Starbucks says was created out of customer demand, will initially only be available at 7,000 of the chain's 11,000 locations. Meanwhile, the coffee chain sent out a press release announcing another new feature that lets users summon their Starbucks card bar code to the front and center of the screen with a good shake of their smartphone. [AP/Macon Telegraph]