Shops can refuse bank notes and coins as legal tender
Those who know me well know that I believe cash in king and prefer to pay with notes and coins over the faithful bank card.
Last week, when purchasing lunch around the corner from our office building in central Melbourne, I was refused the right to pay with bank notes or coins, with the cafe introducing a card only payment policy.
Immediately outraged, but not wanting to make a scene, i paid by card and went on with my day. Upon researching the subject, the law states that the cafe can trade with a card only payment policy, as long as it's made perfectly clear to the customers.
With COVID-19 crackdowns continuing around Australia, expect to see more traditional businesses move to a card only policy.