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The philadelphia city council will ban cashless stores.





The philadelphia city council will ban cashless stores.
If you want to get a coffee at Bluestone Lane, across the street from City Hall, you’ll have to bring a credit card. Along with a handful of other restaurants in town, most of them based in Center City, this high-end coffee chain does not accept cash. But Councilman William Greenlee thinks that very idea is classist. He introduced a bill that would outlaw the practice in Philadelphia, specifically citing Bluestone Lane and the fast-salad chain Sweetgreen as examples of cashless offenders. “To me, it borders on discrimination,” said Greenlee. “It [hurts] the lower income person who might not have a credit card, or the immigrant, or the young person who hasn’t gotten a credit card yet. Right now, they can’t go get a sandwich at [Sweetgreen] and I can? Something seems wrong with that.”

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