How much cash do you have on you? Right now, in your wallet?
How much do I have? I’m not sure but I do know one thing. It’s the same amount as I had three weeks ago because I haven’t spent any of it.
Sure, I spend money all the time but it’s all been with plastic. I tap and pay with my card for everything. Even if it’s a cheap cup of coffee. It’s easier than counting out and worse still receiving back, all that change! The only time I soil my hands with money is when I use a dollar coin to unchain a shopping cart for groceries.
So I shouldn’t have been surprised to see this sign in a downtown restaurant.
I’d ducked into a ramen shop for a quick lunch. Tucked in with the Japanese pepper flakes and Monday Specials was a sign indicating this was a Cashless enterprise. They accepted eight different types of payment – plastic and electronic – but cash was not one of them.
It’s a sign of the times. Much like the public telephone booth, cash will soon be a modern day anachronism.
And in the meantime … I really need to get rid of all that loose change accumulating on my beside table.
Toronto, Canada. November 2019