No change? No cash? Do you only have a Visa credit card on you? That's no problem because Tim Hortons is now giving its patrons the option of paying for their coffee, timbits and other items with their Visa credit or debit cards.
In 2007, Tim Hortons announced that it would be introducing MasterCard payment systems as well as its PayPass contactless technology. Until Tuesday, Visa credit or prepaid cards were not accepted.
According to a press release, Tim Hortons and Visa announced that as of Tuesday, patrons of the largest coffee chain in the country can use their Visa credit and debit cards to purchase menu items in its restaurant or drive-thru at any of its 3,300 locations across Canada.
Holders of the Tim Card can also reload their balance online at the Tim Hortons website using their Visa cards.
“Tim Hortons is pleased to align with Visa to offer our guests the convenience of using their Visa card to pay for purchases in our restaurants or on our website," said Roland Walton, Tim Hortons Chief Operations Officer, in a media release. "We are committed to providing our valued guests with a wide variety of delicious menu selections and with the addition of Visa, we can now offer them an even wider variety of payment options too."
From Jun. 28 to Aug. 15, Visa is offering Canadians the chance to win a dream cottage for an entire season when they use their Visa to pay for an item at Tim Hortons.
This announcement comes as Tim Hortons is urging the pork industry and its suppliers to improve animal welfare for its pigs and chickens by eradicating gestation stalls for sows. “We believe there are better, more humane and sustainable housing systems that can improve the quality of animals' lives,” said Paul House, president and CEO of Tim Hortons, in a press release.