New York City bans cashless businesses in step against discrimination squib

Supporters of the ban argue electronic-only payments discriminate against people who don’t have a bank account or access to credit

New York City’s council has voted to ban cashless businesses, in what politicians said was an effort to rein in “the excesses of the digital economy” and stop discrimination against low-income residents.

The city council on Thursday almost unanimously passed legislation, which will fine retail outlets, including stores and restaurants, if they refuse to accept cash payment.

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