DIGITAL DOLLARS: They have supplanted cash in some retail establishments.
No, this isn't about Bitcoin. The New York Times today features
what's said to be a growing trend in the city — brick-and-mortar businesses that don't take cash. Credit and debit cards or custom apps only.
The story includes a diner and a taqueria in Manhattan.
Cashless businesses were once an isolated phenomenon, but now, similarly jarring experiences can be had across the street at Sweetgreen, or two blocks up at Two Forks, or next door to Two Forks at Dos Toros, or over on 41st Street at Bluestone Lane coffee. In Midtown and some other neighborhoods across New York City, cashless is fast on its way to becoming normal.
I know. Cash isn't always king in Little Rock any longer either. The potato chip machine in my office has a credit card reader. So does the Sonic. When I stand in line in Starbucks, it seems like more people flash their cellphone than their wallet.
But, a question for readers: Are there businesses here that have gone totally cashless?