I know there are a lot of Starbucks fans out there! So, what do you think about this? In downtown Seattle, at the Russell Investments Center Starbucks location, cash (paper money) is no longer accepted.
Starbucks Testing No-Cash Policy
Via the SeattleTimes,
Starbucks tests no-cash policy at downtown Seattle store
Starbucks is experimenting with refusing cash at a posh location in downtown Seattle. Since Tuesday, your money is no good at the cafe inside the Russell Investments Center unless it’s in the form of plastic.
A Starbucks spokeswoman said the store at Second Avenue and University is the only one to test accepting “only cashless forms of payment.” The company isn’t saying how long the experiment will last or whether it will be expanded to other locations.
The no-cash test may open Starbucks to criticism that such a policy discriminates against so-called “unbanked” people — who don’t have a bank account and therefore are less likely to be wielding plastic.
This is certainly an interesting idea. On one hand, I hardly ever have cash on me and never opt to pay for things with cash. And I can see how paying cash slows Starbucks down. But, on the other hand taking away the option seems extreme. I’m not opposed to the idea, however. What do you think?