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Old 01-17-2019, 07:11 AM
 
Location: World
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One person in my other thread reference Paris public transporation (that is why I put USA only - didn't figure I'd be going).

Paris Public Transportaion do take cash. I have purchased a carnet of 10 metro tickets worth 16 Euros from Ticket Office in Paris. They can be used in Metro trains as well as Bus.
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Old 01-17-2019, 10:16 AM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I believe the transaction cost of a debit card is higher that that for a credit card. The few places I've come across that won't take cash will take either type of card. Alaska Airlines does not take cash on their flights.
My parents own a small business, and they've told me that it's more costly to process credit cards. And credit cards with rewards take a even higher percentage. They ask their customers to pay in cash or debit but of course, will not turn down a sale if the customer prefers to use credit.

I don't know if that applies to all businesses (such as larger businesses) but I do know it applies to them.

Gas stations in my area have a "cash price" and a "credit price" (which also include debit cards). The cash price is usually about .10 cents a gallon cheaper.


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If what you say is correct I find it extremely odd that there was nothing I could find on the websites you link that state there is a no cash policy. Why do they do this; is it that they don't trust their employees?
You're right - I found out only because I've eaten at those places. It's not even noted on their Yelp pages. It would be helpful for those who prefer paying in cash. Like my dad - while he does carry credit cards (but no debit cards), he's strictly an all cash guy. But then my dad would never pay $10+ for a burger. He'd see the prices and walk out.

I asked the hamburger joint about it and they explained that it's more efficient - eliminates their cashiers having to handle money, make change, and count and reconcile the till at the end of the evening. Also, it eliminates theft - from employees and/or robbers.

These places don't even have cash registers. They have iPads on a swivel - they tap in your order, then swivel it around for you to insert your card and choose if/how to receive a receipt. Done!

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Old 01-17-2019, 11:36 AM
 
Location: ATL -> HOU
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Just thought of something, at some places with multiple registers, some will be card only, no cash with a separate line for cash or card.
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Old 01-17-2019, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Anchorage
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My parents own a small business, and they've told me that it's more costly to process credit cards. And credit cards with rewards take a even higher percentage. They ask their customers to pay in cash or debit but of course, will not turn down a sale if the customer prefers to use credit.

I don't know if that applies to all businesses (such as larger businesses) but I do know it applies to them.

Gas stations in my area have a "cash price" and a "credit price" (which also include debit cards). The cash price is usually about .10 cents a gallon cheaper.
You're the second one to say this, so I guess I have that backwards. I don't run a business and don't have first hand knowledge. Just something I read.


Still, anyplace I've gone that accepts cards, accepts either type.
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Old 01-17-2019, 02:16 PM
 
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Still, anyplace I've gone that accepts cards, accepts either type.
Winco grocery stores do not accept any kind of credit card. Cash, check, EBT, or debit cards only. They claim it's because of the processing fees of credit cards, and handling credit transactions would raise the price of products in the stores.
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Old 01-17-2019, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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I've never seen anywhere that takes debit, but not credit cards. I've seen the odd place that doesn't take cash, but that's exceedingly rare, aside from airlines which makes sense.

The only other time I've seen payment terms strictly limited was with really large purchases, like a house, or a car being bought by a foreigner. I worked at a car dealership in Minneapolis and we would routinely sell used cars to Canadians that were hacking their country's tax code. Those required wire transfers. For John Smith, who lived one town over, if he had a good credit history and seemed to be a stable member of the community they'd take a large personal check, but they limited the amount for CC's to $3000. They'd take cash too, and I saw someone buy a car with an attache case full of bills once, though only once.
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Old 01-17-2019, 03:17 PM
 
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Of course there are, and they are usually evading taxes. Ethnic restaurants. Mom and Pop breakfast/lunch places. BBQ joints. Vietnamese nail salons. And those places that encourage you to pay cash, like South Asian-owned gas stations and convenience stores? You can bet that they're not declaring that cash income.

And to all who say, no way, I can reassure you. The owners and their families are on Medicaid, so you know that they're underdeclaring their income.
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Old 01-17-2019, 03:17 PM
 
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I posed a question regarding debit card usage recently and was assured some places now refuse cash and credit but no one provided any examples (in the US) of what these might be.

Has anyone run into this?
My DMV (tag office, run by contractors FWIW) has normal card terminals but a sign taped to them that states debit ONLY, no credit transactions. Cash but no checks.

I personally haven't seen both cash and credit rejected, unless you're talking about bill payments to utilities and loan products. While it's somewhat common knowledge that you shouldn't mail cash, some people are surprised when they can't pay their power bill with a debit card, or make a car payment with a debit card. To stop people "paying credit cards with credit cards", some institutions only accept check/electronic check for payment.

One weird thing is when signing up for Apple financing you have to enter a credit, not debit card, as part of your application. I tried a debit card but it knew the difference.
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Old 01-17-2019, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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There is a town near us where the gas station only accepts cash or 'local' checks. The town has no phone lines or cable, and the owner does not want to deal with a satellite dish for internet access. With no internet, they cannot accept CCs.
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Old 01-17-2019, 04:09 PM
 
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There is a town near us where the gas station only accepts cash or 'local' checks. The town has no phone lines or cable, and the owner does not want to deal with a satellite dish for internet access. With no internet, they cannot accept CCs.
There is one chain of gas stations in SC called Spinx that allows you to pay cash INTO the pump.
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