Austin on its way to ban cashless retail?

Human Rights Commissioner Garry Brown noticed recently that more and more businesses across the nation are going cashless in order to make doing business safer, cleaner and more efficient.

But for millions of people without bank accounts or with limited access to banking services – disproportionately people of color and those over 65 – the trend toward cashless business is a serious concern, said Brown.

“I would hope that we’re all for inclusive commerce instead of preferred customers,” Brown said. “It’s one thing for something that costs thousands of dollars like a car, as opposed to maybe a pack of gum; if you go into a 7-Eleven and they’re not going to take a dollar, to me that’s a problem.”

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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.

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