August 31, 2020 at 2:00 pm #986680
Like I said…. If they took your money then they would have to take money from everyone and that would defeat the purpose of not accepting cash. Trust me… You are not special CarDriver.August 31, 2020 at 2:13 pm #986684
T RexParticipantAugust 31, 2020 at 3:22 pm #986697August 31, 2020 at 4:53 pm #986700
AH! That’ll shoot my Mom down the tube, she still writes checks for everything! LOL!!!!August 31, 2020 at 7:16 pm #986714August 31, 2020 at 9:00 pm #986724
I would be concerned about a business that only accepts cash. They may be avoiding taxes
or only reporting a portion of sales. Like a place I wont name in the West seattle Junction who was not reporting some cash sales a few years back.
September 1, 2020 at 10:47 am #986730
- This reply was modified 1 year, 10 months ago by Catmom.
For what it’s worth CarDriver, I totally agree with you and have heard from several folks that won’t shop at TV because of the cash only policy. I think this was a knee jerk reaction on their part when the virus first hit but now that more is known that it’s primarily an airborne transmission, they will rethink their policy. And, YES YES YES, cash money carries a lot of germs along with touching door handles, grocery cart handles, and even credit cards and card readers unless your sanitizing your hands every time you use them.September 1, 2020 at 10:48 am #986745
As I was leaving TV on Sunday and loading my vehicle, a guy in the parking lot stated hotly to anyone that would hear TV only handles cards not cash. He seemed angry.
Rewriting the story with a supportive attitude, if we were checking out at the same time and a person was without a card for the small purchase, I would have gladly included their cost on mine. All they had to do was ask nicely. In the community spirit of saving lives.
Just as in times past I’ve bought coffee for the person ahead of me in line who forgot their wallet.
In another time and culture, during the Blitz in London England, families packed up children to live away on rural farms to hopefully protect them from bombing. Some didn’t reunite for five years. Some never. What a sacrifice these families took and imagine if today Americans were asked — required — to turn their kids over to strangers to hopefully save their lives.
The sense of doing what might be for the greater good can weigh over the loss of privilege and not being able to do what we want.
I appreciate cashiers and other workers who put themselves at risk daily to earn a living.September 1, 2020 at 10:49 am #986657
I’ve searched extensively online and there is little real evidence that cash transactions are likely to transmit Covid. The connection has more to do with the interpersonal transaction than it does the cash itself. The problem is mainly one of perception, sort of like the ‘need’ for toilet seat covers. Many businesses have developed clever ways of handling cash, such as requiring it to be placed in a can with no hand-to-hand contact. Yes, money has always been filthy, but Covid is unlikely to cause greater risk than usual. Avoid it if you choose; that will make the financial institutions raking in bank fees right now very happy. It should also be noted that many people, especially those with lower incomes, the elderly, POC, etc., do not (or cannot) use cards, making survival in these difficult times even more stressful.September 1, 2020 at 12:46 pm #986772
There is also a national “coin shortage” currently ongoing. Many stores across the nation are going “no cash” due to not being able to provide accurate change. For a while many stores had “exact change only” for cash transactions but too many people got irritated by that so they said “screw it, no cash at all then” as it simplifies the issue for “most” parties. I even heard of some chains offering custom store-use gift cards to apply the change towards but that ended up being even more expensive still.September 1, 2020 at 1:52 pm #986779
Go shop somewhere else..this is a free country.
What happens if after you finished eating your meal, they only accept cash but you only have Credit card?September 1, 2020 at 2:46 pm #986780
actually, CarDriver, I did refer to the “medical experts” at the CDC and you completely ignored my links to continue ranting on the same point. The advice is “lessen the points of contact” and one of those methods is to avoid cash transactions.September 1, 2020 at 8:56 pm #986803
JoblessFuture, here’s a pro tip for eating out at restaurants: Learn the accepted forms of payment before ordering.September 2, 2020 at 2:04 pm #986852
CarDriver – to your original question of whether or not a business can refuse to take cash. Yes, they can. From the Federal Reserve site:
“Private businesses are free to develop their own policies on whether to accept cash unless there is a state law that says otherwise.” (https://www.federalreserve.gov/faqs/currency_12772.htm)
States may prohibit this but I don’t think WA state does.
Although I don’t think that’ll satisfy you since you could have googled that yourself.September 2, 2020 at 4:15 pm #986864
cwit. I know that businesses can refuse cash-and i’m FINE with that if that’s what they choose for a business model. My “rant” is with businesses that stopped simply because of covid. After the initial scare that everything was contaminated(mail,Amazon boxes,groceries,takeout containers)it’s clear that handling money won’t make you sick. And, i’m willing to bet that these businesses will be happy to take cash once we have a vaccine.September 2, 2020 at 4:26 pm #986865
Catmom. Tax evasion is a crime that should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. But credit card fraud also happens-and should also be prosecuted. It’s definitely NOT a risk free payment option. Joblessfuture. My sister and a friend have both been in restaurants that had card reader issues. They would NOT let them leave until they’d paid with CASH. No dine and dash.September 3, 2020 at 1:09 pm #986922
I don’t believe you have any say in their business model (in relation to this specific ‘issue’), either – other than deciding not to shop there. They decided not to take cash b/c of the pandemic. A pandemic that is still being researched, not fully understood, and protocol for it changing on a regular basis. Maybe it’s an over-abundance of caution on their end but better that than someone getting Covid tied to their business.
These are trying times and some compassion goes a long way. Hope you find that elusive cash-paid washer and like a person once said, ‘PEACE OUT.’
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