A customer at the Austin International Airport was less than amused when he found himself unable to buy anything without a debit card. Apparently, the food courts in the airport no longer accept cash, and the $50 in his pocket was no good. He makes some pretty great points on just how messed up a cashless system is and how it directly affects poor people and those of us that don't have bank accounts.

How is refusing legal tender even allowed?

According to The Federal Reserve, there is no federal statute that mandates a company, organization, or private business to accept cash or coins as payment. That kind of blows my mind, but it is what it is.

Check out the video below, and be warned, there is some foul language.

I was actually just talking to my dad yesterday about restaurants and businesses that only accept cards. It can be incredibly frustrating to not be able to buy what you need with ACTUAL money, but it seems like it's becoming more and more common. I predict that eventually, cash will become completely obsolete, and it's going to be extremely difficult for everyone to get on the same page with it.

If I owned a business, I would want to take in money from every single angle. I can't imagine turning someone away that wants to pay for my products or services. It seems like bad business to me and the way it stomps on the little guy more than anyone else makes it even ickier.

If you own a business, please consider accepting all forms of currency. Not only will you make MORE money, but you also won't alienate less fortunate customers.

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