A New Bill in Washington D.C. Would Bar Local Restaurants From Refusing Cash

Local leaders want to put a halt to restaurants that don’t accept cash, drawing up a legislative fix that could cost the growing number of credit-only eateries big bucks.

A new bill introduced by D.C. City Council member David Grosso on June 26 would “prevent discrimination against customers who prefer to use cash or do not have access to credit cards or other payment methods.”
If passed, establishments wouldn’t be able to discriminate against cash; post signs on the licensed premises that cash payment is not accepted; or charge different prices to customers depending on their payment method, according to the “Cashless Retailers Prohibition Act of 2018.”

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The cashless society from an ethical point of view

The debate about the move towards a cashless society has been at the center of the scene for several years, now. Various angles have been taken by economists, politicians, banking institutions and sociologists. Beyond the technicalities of the debate, lies the question of freedom, of inter-citizen solidarity and of governmental responsibility. The debate cannot remain in the hands of financial specialists, it is first and foremost an ethical, political and societal issue.

The cashless society from an ethical point of view

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