Outta cash

Visit a store in a U.S. city, and you’re bound to see a sign near the checkout line that reads: “Credit or debit cards only.” Cash is strictly prohibited because, like most of us, store owners aren’t sure whether the coronavirus can spread via surface contact. To mitigate that risk, they’ve banned the exchange of cash temporarily.

But, to use an oft-used phrase from this pandemic, cashless may be the new normal.

The United States was already moving away from hard cash before the pandemic, since most of us are now completely dependent on technology and the internet that services it. We do our banking through an
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