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Prohibition of Cashless Establishments

Rule status: Adopted

Agency: DCA

Effective date: November 30, 2020

Proposed Rule Full Text
DCA-Proposed-Cashless-Establishments.pdf

Adopted Rule Full Text
DCA-Cashless-Establishments-Final.pdf

Adopted rule summary:

The Department is adding new rules to implement LL 34 of 2020, which prohibits food stores and retail establishments from refusing to accept payment in cash and further prohibits food stores and retail establishments from charging a higher price to consumers who pay for commodities with cash, rather than through a cashless transaction. The intent of LL 34 is to ensure that all New Yorkers, including those who are unbanked or underbanked, can make retail and food purchases using cash.

Online comments: 0

  • Alejandro Varela

    To Whom It May Concern:
    I support this new rule because no-cash businesses discriminate against poor and working-class people who are disproportionately Black and brown, and who face barriers to obtaining credit cards (just as they do home loans, etc). These no-cash establishments also discriminate against computer unsavvy people, who are disproportionately older and maybe with certain disabilities, for whom navigating the various electronic payment methods is a great barrier. I’m not opposed in general to moving toward different systems of payment, but they must be equitable in their access.
    Thank you,
    Alejandro Varela

    Comment added July 25, 2020 1:31am
  • clare wiseman

    This is an important rule. Not all people have access to banks or lines of credits, and no one should be punished for that lack of access. Cashless business or business that charge a higher price to pay with cash have a disparately negative impact on poor people and people of color. That is not acceptable.

    Comment added July 25, 2020 3:11pm
  • Alex DeWitt

    Lastly, I will end with an anecdote to remind all of us to stay humble. My first year living in New York, I lost my wallet in an uber. This had all my identification, debit and credit cards inside and suddenly I was unbanked. It can and probably will happen to any one of us. As I wondered around the Lower East Side, I came to a small business selling drinks and small foodstuffs, I waited in line and ordered and was told that they did not take cash. It was embarrassing but also frightful as I realized that although I was thirsty, hungry and had adequate legal tender I was denied access to a fair transaction. As a side note, many businesses require purchase of something to even use the restroom and so I was denied access to necessities in the blink of an eye. It could have been anyone of us and that’s not right.

    Comment added July 29, 2020 9:02pm
  • Josh Kellermann

    Please see the attached testimony in support of the proposed rule change. Thanks!
    Josh Kellermann
    Director of Public Policy
    The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, RWDSU

    Comment added August 3, 2020 1:31pm

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