Philadelphia is the first USA city to ban cashless stores

Philadelphia is the first USA city to ban cashless stores

But a backlash has grown, as the cashless trend leaves out lower-income customers who may not have a bank account. Greenlee argued that a city with a 26 percent poverty rate could not afford to become a cashless city.

Though digital transactions are faster and easier, they leave some people out altogether.

Not everybody is on board with this cashless utopia, however. As of past year, an estimated 15.6 million people in the United States do not have a bank account. "Most of the people who don't have credit tend to be lower income, minority, immigrants".

Philadelphia is the first major USA city to ban cashless stores, placing it at the forefront of a debate that pits retail innovation against lawmakers trying to protect all citizens' access to the marketplace.

Statewide, Massachusetts has already had a policy against cash-free businesses for a long time.

Speaking with the NYT, the bill's co-sponsor Bill Greenlee, City Councilman, explained, "It just seemed to me unfair that I could walk into a coffee shop right across from City Hall, and I had a credit card and could get a cup of coffee".

In New York and San Francisco, initiatives are working their way through legislative channels, but no city council votes are scheduled for now.

The Philadelphia law also prohibits establishments from charging customers more if they pay in cash, and from posting signs that indicate cash will not be accepted.

City spokesman Mike Dunn confirmed Amazon told the city the legislation would "impede" plans for a Go store.

Those who say the law isn't strong enough point to the fact that it provides exemptions to parking lots and garages, memberships stores like Costco, rental companies and retailers that accept mobile payments, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. You don't need a paid Prime membership to shop at Amazon's Go stores - only an Amazon account - eliminating the potential for a loophole. Amazon declined to comment.



Related Posts

Russell Westbrook gets flagrant foul for incident with Jusuf Nurkic
There was a lot riding on this game as both teams are now seen as outside contenders for the western conference championship. In overtime, the Blazers shot just 2-for-9 from the field and after Westbrook's three-pointer, OKC never trailed again.

Fitzpatrick leads, McIlroy surges at Bay Hill
Woods is an eight-time victor at Bay Hill. "It's just an obviously little bit of a stronger field than normal", he said . He's playing the most consistently excellent golf of his career, and he has just one title in the past 30 months.

Jaguar Attacks Woman Trying to Take a Selfie at Arizona Zoo
In a tweet , Wildlife World Zoo assured the public that nothing will happen to the jaguar as a result of the incident. Video filmed by an eyewitness in the aftermath of the attack showed a severe gash on the woman's left arm.

157 aboard Ethiopian Airlines flight to Nairobi involved in fatal crash
Ethiopian Airlines said "the pilot mentioned that he had difficulties and that he wanted to return" to Addis Ababa airport. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent condolences via Twitter to the families of those lost in the crash.

Raiders agree to trade OG Kelechi Osemele to Jets
Osemele is a two-time Pro Bowler who has earned a reputation as one of the better offensive guards in the league. ESPN was first to report the Osemele deal, and Bay Area News Group was first to report terms of the trade.

Case of measles confirmed in the Interior Health region
In doing so they aim to determine immunization status and, if necessary, offering post-exposure protection. One or two out of every 1,000 people with measles will die, even with the "best care", the CDC said.

Cohen's lawyer says Trump advisers were 'dangling' pardons
Trump, in turn, has said Cohen "did bad things unrelated to Trump" and "is lying in order to reduce his prison time". Cohen is also accused of lying to the House Oversight Committee about asking to be pardoned by President Trump.

Adnan Syed's Conviction Reinstated, So 'Serial' Subject Won't Get New Trial
The subject of Serial is now the focal point of The Case Against Adnan Syed , a four-part HBO series directed by Amy Berg . Convicted murderer Adnan Syed leaves the Baltimore City Circuit Courthouse in Baltimore , Maryland February 5, 2016.

Canada's No-Sex, No-Money Scandal Could Topple Trudeau
Copps isn't generally a big Twitter user: until last Monday , she had only tweeted three times since the beginning of the year. Budget minister Jane Philpott followed suit, as did longtime Trudeau friend and top aide Gerry Butts.

Shamima Begum's Child Death Was "Perfectly Avoidable", Says Former Met Chief
She had sought to return to Europe with her third child, who was born about three weeks ago. Begum said she had given birth to two other children in Syria, both of whom also died .

© 2015 ExpressNewsline. All Rights reserved.