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In message , at 07:23:19 on Wed, 12 Aug
2020, Anna Noyd-Dryver remarked:

One pub I used to frequent a decade ago,


"No we don't take cards, but there's a cash machine just there".


There's a pub in Ely which doesn't take cards, but tells people that the
inconvenience store across the street has a (probably rather dodgy third
party) ATM inside.
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On Tue, 11 Aug 2020 19:41:34 -0000 (UTC), Anna Noyd-Dryver
wrote:

Roland Perry wrote:
In message , at 10:03:44 on
Tue, 11 Aug 2020, Scott remarked:
On Mon, 10 Aug 2020 08:58:30 +0000 (UTC), wrote:

On Mon, 10 Aug 2020 09:04:09 +0100
Roland Perry wrote:
In message , at 07:40:56 on Mon, 10 Aug
2020,
remarked:
I took the tube for the first time in months yesterday and it seems you
can no longer update your oyster card with cash.

Is that a subset of the TVMs perhaps not accepting cash for *any*
transaction?

No idea.

I asked one of the staff about this apparently "temporary" measure and
he said he doubts the facility will ever come back and I tend to
believe him. So thats another avenue of anonymity out the window.

Get yourself a pre-pay credit card, for example from a bureau
-de-change. That'll break the chain of traceability unless you are a
suspected terrorist on the run.

I'm not fussed enough, but thats not the point. Why is the cash option being
dropped? Any covid excuses are BS since the staff never need to physically
touch it, they just empty the bucket into something Securicor (or whoever)
take away.

A trader I knew said that once handling costs and pay-in charges are
taken into account, cash is more expensive to process than a debit
card.


It depends a lot on what sector the business is in. For example,
traditionally the card companies gave petrol stations very low
commission rates, because it accustomed the public to using cards.

If you are in the pub trade and need to pay your wholesale grocer in
cash when they deliver every morning (because your trade-credit rating
is pants), it might well make sense not to discourage cash.


One pub I used to frequent a decade ago, used to put the notes they took
into the cash machine in the pub to save having to pay it in to the bank
(the "pub staff do not have access to this machine" sign was a total lie).
I wonder how many of the notes just circulated from one side of the room to
the other and back for months on end...!

I'm not following that. In any audit or count, would these surplus
notes not become the property of the operator of the machine? .
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On Tue, 11 Aug 2020 13:46:25 +0100, Scott
wrote:

On Tue, 11 Aug 2020 10:24:40 +0100, Graeme Wall
wrote:

On 11/08/2020 08:48, wrote:
On Mon, 10 Aug 2020 18:39:31 +0100
Arthur Figgis wrote:
On 10/08/2020 10:22,
wrote:
On Mon, 10 Aug 2020 10:02:08 +0100
MikeS wrote:
On 10/08/2020 08:40,
wrote:
I took the tube for the first time in months yesterday and it seems you
can no longer update your oyster card with cash. I asked one of the staff
about this apparently "temporary" measure and he said he doubts the
facility
will ever come back and I tend to believe him. So thats another avenue of
anonymity out the window. How long before Oyster cards themselves are
consigned to history and we have to use a bank card everywhere so we can
be nicely tracked not only by TfL but by the banks too?

TfL's website lists 69 tube stations which it says still accept cash,
plus DLR and Overground.

Oyster cards can be bought and topped up at newsagents and other shops
all over the TfL area. I doubt they all refuse cash either.


Common sense says that the OP cannot be correct because it would be
impossible for anyone without a bank account to use London's buses.

Plenty of shops and cafes are not accepting cash or making it very difficult
to pay with it by making self serve machines card only and having to queue
for
the single assistant at the till, so what makes you think TfL give a damn?

Because TfL are required by the politicians to give a damn, and consider
the edge cases and goat herders.

It was politicians (I'm not sure whether it was Sadiq Squirt or Number 10)
that told them to stop accepting cash in imost of their stations in the first
place according to the member of staff I spoke to.

Cash is a known vector in the transmission of various diseases.


At least notes can be washed nowadays through the process known as
money-laundering. Would 60 degrees be sufficient :-)

Doesn't that shrink the plastic notes ?


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On Wed, 12 Aug 2020 20:52:23 +0100, Charles Ellson
wrote:

On Tue, 11 Aug 2020 13:46:25 +0100, Scott
wrote:

On Tue, 11 Aug 2020 10:24:40 +0100, Graeme Wall
wrote:

On 11/08/2020 08:48, wrote:
On Mon, 10 Aug 2020 18:39:31 +0100
Arthur Figgis wrote:
On 10/08/2020 10:22,
wrote:
On Mon, 10 Aug 2020 10:02:08 +0100
MikeS wrote:
On 10/08/2020 08:40,
wrote:
I took the tube for the first time in months yesterday and it seems you
can no longer update your oyster card with cash. I asked one of the staff
about this apparently "temporary" measure and he said he doubts the
facility
will ever come back and I tend to believe him. So thats another avenue of
anonymity out the window. How long before Oyster cards themselves are
consigned to history and we have to use a bank card everywhere so we can
be nicely tracked not only by TfL but by the banks too?

TfL's website lists 69 tube stations which it says still accept cash,
plus DLR and Overground.

Oyster cards can be bought and topped up at newsagents and other shops
all over the TfL area. I doubt they all refuse cash either.


Common sense says that the OP cannot be correct because it would be
impossible for anyone without a bank account to use London's buses.

Plenty of shops and cafes are not accepting cash or making it very difficult
to pay with it by making self serve machines card only and having to queue
for
the single assistant at the till, so what makes you think TfL give a damn?

Because TfL are required by the politicians to give a damn, and consider
the edge cases and goat herders.

It was politicians (I'm not sure whether it was Sadiq Squirt or Number 10)
that told them to stop accepting cash in imost of their stations in the first
place according to the member of staff I spoke to.

Cash is a known vector in the transmission of various diseases.


At least notes can be washed nowadays through the process known as
money-laundering. Would 60 degrees be sufficient :-)

Doesn't that shrink the plastic notes ?


The policies of successive Chancellors have achieved that already.
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