Becoming 100% cashless: Tesco's mistake

The Queen has managed without it for years, but for most of us, carrying cash is still a necessary part of everyday life. And while it is becoming increasingly common to pay by debit card, Apple Pay and so on, cash remains the preferred method of payment for many.

But with the opening of the Tesco Express store on High Holborn in central London, it seems that another step has been taken on the journey towards a cashless society.

The store has fourteen till points but just two are staffed - to handle alcohol and tobacco sales - and it will only take payments from contactless cards, debit and credit cards, Apple Pay and Tesco Pay+.

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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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