NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The New York City Council has a proposal that would stop restaurants and retail businesses from refusing to accept payments in cash.
New York City Council member Ritchie Torres, who represents parts of the Bronx, proposed a bill Wednesday that would affect shops that currently only take electronic payments with credit and debit cards.READ MORE: Search Resumes For Brian Laundrie While Authorities Perform Autopsy On Body Believed To Be Gabby Petito
Torres says establishments that don’t accept cash could be discriminating against communities that have difficulty accessing credit cards. Violators would face fines of up to $250 for a first offense and up to $500 for additional violations.
The move takes aim at protecting minorities tend to be excluded from the “cashless revolution” trend.READ MORE: TikTok Under Fire Over 'Devious Licks' Viral Challenge Inspiring Students To Vandalize School Bathrooms
“I started coming across coffee shops and cafés that were exclusively cashless and I thought: But what if I was a low-income New Yorker who has no access to a card?” Torres told the website Grub Street. “I thought about it more and realized that even if a policy seems neutral in theory, it can be racially exclusionary in practice.”MORE NEWS: Police: Worker Backed Into Corner, Groped On The Job At UES Ice Cream Shop