Philadelphia City Council Bans Cashless Stores

Most of the people who don’t have credit tend to be lower income minority or immigrants and it is a form of discrimination by businesses against them when not accepting cash

Most of the people who don’t have credit tend to be lower income minority or immigrants and it is a form of discrimination by businesses against them when not accepting cash

But businesses that have gone cashless point to improved safety and efficiency-workers no longer have to carry large bank deposits, and transactions tend to be faster.

According to the WSJ, a New York City councilman is pushing a similar measure, and New Jersey's legislature has also passed a bill to require storefronts to accept cash, thought the governor of that state has not signed the bill yet.

"It just seemed to me unfair that I could walk into a coffee shop right across from City Hall, and I had a credit card and could get a cup of coffee". It's a fairness issue; it creates an us-and-them kind of situation, ' he said to CBS.

Though cashless payments have become an increasingly popular way to purchase goods, cash is still accepted at most stores throughout the US. Amazon Go, a chain of convenience stores in Washington, California, and IL also has a no cash policy.

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This week, Philadelphia's mayor signed a bill that would ban cashless retail stores, according to The Morning Call. The e-commerce giant has already opened shop in Seattle, San Francisco and Chicago, and another location is expected to come to New York City.

It's unclear if Amazon Go could expand to Philadelphia. Amazon has been expanding its cashierless stores, dubbed Amazon Go outlets, across the nation. Now a card-only store, the salad-chain will be forced to re-calibrate if they want to continue business in the area. In Philadelphia, the question appears poised to remain in place forever. The City of Philadelphia didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

'Our priority has to be the folks who live here now, who were paying taxes, ' Councilman Greenlee said.

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