Readers' letters - July 6

Future '˜cashless' society will be a '˜choiceless' one society

Friday, 6th July 2018, 6:55 pm
Updated Monday, 16th July 2018, 4:58 pm
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I have heard that a supermarket is opening its first ‘cashless store’. Apparently it is to cater for the impatience of shoppers and create shorter queues. (Here’s an idea, why not increase the number of staff on the checkouts?!)I wonder what the elderly or indeed anyone who prefers to use cash think of this ‘choiceless’ concept? Or if it will increase the debts of those on a budget as they will be less likely to keep a close eye on what they spend (it is so much easier to spend, spend, spend on a credit or debit card than with a £20 note)? Or maybe that’s the idea. With cards we can spend to our heart’s content, no longer limited by the idea of ‘living within our means’. Maybe debt is the future and spending what we actually have is an outdated idea? Win win for the retail sector. Lose lose for the elderly, the poorest and the most vulnerable in our society. I suspect also with less contact with hard cash and this seemingly increased impatience for shorter queues, we will all suffer in the long run. What’s next, a completely ‘staffless’ store to save on salaries? Shush, best not give the big faceless corporations any more ideas! Molly Clarevia emailHelping the young achieve a positive future

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