New York City Council bans cashless businesses

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(WEHT)- New York City mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign a bill that would require food and retail establishments to accept cash as payment.

Supporters of the bill say it protects the vulnerable including seniors, the homeless, and undocumented immigrants who might not have cashless options to pay.

Businesses who support the bill say going cashless has streamlined operations and reduced the risk of robberies. Under the legislation, restaurants can continue with only cashless transactions if they provide a machine to exchange cash for gift cards.

Philadelphia and San Francisco already have similar cashless bans in place.

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(This story was originally published on January 24, 2020)

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