Delaware is fighting cashless

Delaware lawmakers have introduced legislation to prohibit businesses from rejecting cash payments.

Cash-free stores have begun popping up around the world with the promise of customer convenience and quick transactions, but their cash-free model leaves many people out, according to State Senator David McBride, the primary sponsor of the bill.

“Technology can bring about exciting changes as long they are accessible to everyone, including working-class Delawareans,” said Sen. McBride. “Over 8 million U.S. households do not have bank accounts and many people cannot obtain credit or debit cards. For them, cashless stores make navigating an increasingly unequal economy that much harder. By requiring stores to maintain the option of cash payments, we can avoid discrimination and keep these doors open to all customers.”

While all U.S. money is considered legal tender, there is currently no federal law that mandates businesses or individuals accept paper currency.

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