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Do cashless restaurants and stores exclude people?

Some businesses no longer accept cash and instead prefer card or other digital payments. This piece in The Spoon explores the ways in which cashless businesses might exclude some people, following legislation in New York City that could, if passed, force restaurants, coffee shops and stores to accept cash.

While many stores now only accept card or other digital payments on the basis of better employee safety, convenience for customers and easier accounting, this piece points out that some people are unable to get a credit or debit card due to poverty or lack of a permanent address. Cashless businesses might particularly exclude some lower-income people of colour, according to Ritchie J. Torres, who introduced the legislation.

Read the full story here. See also the Foodsource resource What is food security?

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