No cash allowed?
I had an interesting experience with United Parcel Service (UPS) this afternoon. I went to ship a Christmas parcel with them, and I whipped out my wallet to pay cash for the shipping charges. The agent pointed to a sign that said UPS was no longer accepting cash (or checks) as payment; they would accept a credit or debit card, but not cash.
There are two things which seem very wrong about their cashless position.
First, all U.S. paper currency bears an imprint saying, "This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private." Does a large public corporation doing business in the U.S. have the right to refuse to accept the established national currency?
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Second, can I do business with UPS only if I apply for a credit or debit card with a financial institution, receive the institution's approval, and am issued a card by the institution? That says there's a whole class of citizens who will not be able to ship parcels with UPS, even though they have cash to pay for it. This sounds like a violation of one's rights as a citizen of this country.
(In fairness to UPS, I and they did find a temporary work-around for my one time transaction.)
Tom Lezniak, Wichita
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