[LMB] OT: Generation Change, was Fun

Howard Brazee howard at brazee.net
Sun Apr 5 20:53:04 BST 2009

On Apr 5, 2009, at 12:23 PM, Michael R N Dolbear wrote:

> Traditionally British pubs used to exhibit a notice.
> We have agreed with the banks not to cash cheques. They have agreed  
> not to
> sell beer. ==
> But it was possible. I recall cashing a fellow student's cheque so  
> he could
> go to the races.
>> Of course, nowadays, lots of people don't carry cash at all.
> I don't know of any.
> American Express and others have tried to make a area "cash never  
> required"
> but it's only been a gimmick so far and in Britain supermarkets have  
> ceased
> to accept personal cheques.

Cheques (or checks, in the U.S.), are rarer than cash.   But even  
parking meters and some vending machines accept credit cards around  
here.   We can pay bills via the Internet.

Companies that don't cash checks are willing to pay a bit for the  
security of credit card payments. 

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