Councilwoman Archibong Challenges Cashless Payments that Will Impact the Poor

March 12, 2019


By: Ray Glier

Atlanta city council member Natalyn Archibong said the city may eventually take a good look at the trend of retailers trying to go cashless. That examination would then would have to include looking at the policy of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which became the first stadium in the NFL and MLS to go cashless last Sunday when Atlanta United hosted Cincinnati FC in a Major League Soccer game.

The city of Philadelphia established an ordinance recently against cashless retail business and can levy a $2,000 fine, if a business does not accept cash. New York, Washington, D.C., and Chicago are considering similar ordinances to protect the consumer’s choice of payment and Atlanta, the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement, may join that line, too.

Archibong is especially sensitive to financial issues affecting the poor and is a hero to the underserved. Cashless business often discriminate against people of color because they are “unbanked.” Archibong was the chief sponsor of a law outlawing cash bonds in the city because of its impact on poor people.

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