Cash still has its place in a contactless world


I write this to highlight how slowly but deliberately companies with government compliance are trying to force us into a cashless society where we cannot use cash and must use credit cards or “so-called” smart phones.

I always use Sainsburys in Crossley Park where I can fill up on fuel, check my tire pressure and do household errands.

As some of you will have noticed the air machine was out of service but this Saturday January 22nd I noticed the air was back on so I stopped to inflate my tires because I suspected they were low pressure.

I couldn’t use the machine as they now charge 30p and payment is by contactless phone or smartphone only, I have removed contactless from all my cards as the maximum amount you can use it for has been increased and also for other security reasons and i will never own a smart phone also for security reasons i am using an old fashioned nokia phone which cannot be hacked and does everything i need need.

I thought retailers had a legal obligation to accept kingdom coins for the goods they sold, but it seems to me that now they can block people from using their services if they own the device they want. they dictate. This is not the only case, many car parks do not accept cash or chip and pin cards.

The government has ensured that people with disabilities are not excluded from accessing the premises and that it is prohibited to exclude people who, for whatever reason, do not have a particular type of payment device, cash is accessible to all and should be universally accepted.

Paul Dakins


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