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Are You Finding Cash Is Getting Refused More?

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https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55717933
I paid in the old bangers are Aldi this morning but they were a bit sniffy. Cash was refused in a garage the other week. Do you think the retailers are using this to edge us towards a cashless society?

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Never been refused, although I don't use it very much. Have been politely asked , a couple of times, that will be £x would you mind using a contactless card. Quite happy to do that.
I've not had any issues so far, so can't comment on us becoming a cashless society any time soon.
makes life easier for the cashiers doesn't it? by the way, i haven't used cash since 2019 . . .


Can't remember the last time I used cash, I do keep a couple of £ coins in the glove box for S/market trolleys but that's it.
No, but if someone refused to accept my cash I would walk out leaving the goods behind.
I don't use cash now for safety reasons. the Cash has always been considered a huge spreader of foods and flu. I use Bacs and cards, but I did put a bank note in an envelope for the postman and taped it to the front door the night before he came!! Quite safe because noone comes past our house or up the drive except him, our son or invited people. We had to go to a bank to get some cash because we never have much on us or in the house these days.
I cannot see there ever being a totally cashless society. Although in a minority there are still a lot of people who, for one reason or another, don't or can't have bank accounts. I still use cash for paying my cleaner, my barber, taxi drivers and for putting in collections.
Yes amazon + ebay dont accept cash!
I can quite understand retailers not accepting cash. I wouldn't.
At the moment, because of Covid, some shops are asking customers to pay by card but these are exceptional circumstances. I've never had cash refused.
No, I've seen more asking for cash only, especially small businesses. Who's going to argue with you that you're business has made a loss for the past 12 months, and continuing to do so. :0)
some outlets like starbucks only taking card, waitrose still taking cash as far as i know.
How things change in such a short space of time. Not so long ago it was common to see signs in shops saying: CASH ONLY. NO CHEQUES OR CARDS.
Jackdaw, I do accept your reasoning though. I suppose when Covid is less of a problem I will need some cash for some things. I pay my friend who is also our dog groomer by cash, but at the moment by BACS. And yes charity tins and buckets can only take cash. I can't imagine a cashless society ever happening.
the legislation introduced in 2018 banning the application of surcharges on card transactions stemmed from an EU directive.

wonder if the government will now seek to rescind that?
Haven't used cash for years. Pay my window cleaner etc by bank transfer - they prefer it.
Mrs T refuses me all the time :-)
Normally if a retailer doesnt accept cash (during pandemic) its displayed at the store/shop entrance, or should be, to let you know, I can understand it during this lot but I also know people would rather use cards anyway, which I also understand.
Customers cannot be surcharged but retailers have to pay a percentage to the card operators. I believe they receive £97.50 for every £100 they take by card. No doubt these charges are factored into the price so in effect the cash customer is paying over the odds.
It wouldn't even occur to me to pay by cash in a supermarket or garage. I automatically reach for my card (as I would be doing even if Covid hadn't come along). So I'm not getting cash refused, simply because I never proffer it in the first place.

Prior to Covid, the only places I used cash were at the local burger van, at the launderette, at the barbers and in some car parking machines. I now use apps on my phone to pay for my car parking and the launderette now accepts cards. Losing most of my hair through chemotherapy means that I've not been to the barbers since before Covid but, when I do finally get back there, I'll be surprised if I can't pay by card (as I'd prefer to do anyway). The only place I still need cash is at the burger van (where the owner sprays all notes and coins upon receipt with disinfectant and again when handing them out as change).

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