Nashville homeless-issues newspaper has app to allow purchase by smartphone

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Patrons of the Nashville homeless-issues newspaper The Contributor will now be able to buy it with their smartphones.

According to a news release from the paper, more than 40 of The Contributor's 300 homeless and formerly homeless vendors are participating in the program. They will be wearing lanyard badges with a QR Code on them.

Patrons who download the Contributor Quick Pay app can use their phones to scan the QR Code, and their payments will automatically go into the vendors' bank accounts.

The secure transaction should take about 10 seconds to finish and costs 99 cents more than the $2 cash price.

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