New York City Cashless Stores must comply with the law

This city rule makes no “cents,” according to Big Apple businesses suffering under a ban on cashless establishments.

Upscale ice cream parlor Van Leeuwen has been slapped with $12,750 in fines across its NYC locations for not accepting legal tender, one of the many city merchants dinged for violating the year-old ban. The city has gone after 23 businesses for violations.

The Department of Consumer and Worker Protection received 152 complaints about cashless businesses across the city, the agency said. So far 16 businesses have been found guilty by the city Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, and fines total $23,850.

Councilman Kalman Yeger (D-Brooklyn) said the crackdown was unfair. “These agencies weaponize our statutes to torment small businesses in this city,” he said. “This is about raising revenue for the city.”

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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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