Galleys broaden payment options

Testing out the new debit, credit machine

Base Commander, Captain (N) Steve Waddell tries the new debit and credit card payment options at Nelles with the assistance of Food Service Attendant Leah Stewart. CPO1 Gino Spinelli, Base Chief Petty Officer, stands next in line.

Rachel Lallouz, Staff Writer ~

By the end of February, galleys at Nelles, the Wardroom, Venture, and at the Damage Control School will offer a full range of payment options including cash, reloadable   pay-as-you-go cards, and at last – debit and credit cards.

This latest customer service improvement at Base Food Services offers the convenience of electronic payments for those who rarely carry cash or pay-as-you-go cards.

“As we’ve evolved, we’ve had a lot of customers from different organizations on base visit the galleys, resulting in more requests for debit and credit use,” says Petty Officer First Class Bill Cameron, Base Food Services.  

The new debit and credit card systems have been on trial at Nelles Block since Jan. 20, as Base Food Services continues to develop standard operating procedures for the additional work required to process the new transactions.

The Base Foods team are programming new terminals to accommodate credit and debit cards in the galleys, and are training galley staff on their use.

He still encourages military members and civilians to use the pay-as-you-go card, which can be loaded up with a chosen amount of funds and used at any of the galleys. The cards can be loaded at the Base Foods Administration Cell, Room 129 in Nelles Block, through Petty Officer Second Class Jason Auer.

PO1 Cameron would like to extend special thanks to Karen Kang, Base Accommodations Finance Clerk, and Master Corporal Vincenzo Agius-Mantello, who both helped to implement the new systems.

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