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Arizona Chick-fil-As get mobile pay system

Deer Valley Chick-fil-A Owner Jeff Myles shows off the app. (KTAR Photo/Bob McClay)

PHOENIX -- Customers at Chick-fil-A restaurants in Arizona no longer have to use cash or credit cards to pay for meals.

The chicken chain has a rolled out a free app enabling customers to pay using a cell phone.

"They'll download the app, and use their credit card to load funds on their phone, just like you would on a gift card," said Jeff Myles, owner of a Chick-fil-A location in Deer Valley, Ariz.

Each register is capable of scanning the app.

"Scan and pay with your phone," said Myles. "It's that simple, and you're out the door."

And you don't have to be inside the store to do it.

"It does work in the drive-through," Myles said. "We've got a little radar gun that we can reach right out of the window and scan it (the phone.)"

Myles thinks it's more convenient that digging through a purse or wallet looking for money.

"For me, my phone is attached to my right hand everywhere I go," he said. "Instead of fishing through your wallet, it's right there. You can do it in just a second."

There are more ways the restaurants are going high-tech. When lines get long at the drive-thru, Myles sends workers equipped with iPads to take orders. Chick-fil-A is also testing an app that will let you order before you get to the restaurant.

About the Author

Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I live in north Phoenix with my wife Rene' and my son Devin.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: My Dad took me to see Jimmy Dean at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in the 1960's. It was before the Coliseum was built. The only thing I remember is Jimmy Dean singing his big hit "Big Bad John."

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix. Devin is a high school student at Scottsdale Christian Academy. He plays on the baseball, football, and basketball teams and sings in the choir. Obviously, we keep busy trying to go to all his events! We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and long road trips. We like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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