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Happy Shopping Experience: The War on Cash By James Reed
Here is a personal entry into the coming war on cash, which I have discussed in another article; this is the sort of things that occur on the ground.
The great tragedies of modern urban life is the loss of the corner stores where one related to the shop keeper, baker and butcher. These were destroyed by the Big supermarkets, coming in the 1960s. My father, who had a deli for one time, hated these multinationals with a passion. So, do I. End of disclosure.
I write this, a hungry man. I only had $ 20 in $2 coins, and some silver. I went into one of the food monopolies and got items worth $10.35. The girl at the checkout refused the transaction, after watching me get out the money and counting it, saying that she could only take $10 in coins, all up. I said that that was not the law, and she that is what the manager said, but he had gone home. I said that I would check it, packing up my coins. I dropped one behind the counter, then asked her to pick it up for me. Is that your coin, she said, knowing full well I dropped it, as she saw it, as did the lady next to me who immediately defended me. The idea was to humiliate an old guy. I have seen this time and time again when pensioners, or Aboriginals, go in these stores, struggling to collect together their money. The checkout girls (they are mostly female), are not only low in intelligent, but bored in their jobs, resentful, and I have found generally unfriendly to these “problem” customers like me.
So, was she right to refuse me? Consider:
“A payment of coins is a legal tender throughout Australia if it is made in Australian coins, but this is subject to some restrictions about how much can be paid in coin. According to the Currency Act 1965 (section 16) coins are legal tender for payment of amounts which are limited as follows:
not exceeding 20c if 1c and/or 2c coins are offered (these coins have been withdrawn from circulation, but are still legal tender);
not exceeding $5 if any combination of 5c, 10c, 20c and 50c coins are offered; and
not exceeding 10 times the face value of the coin if $1 or $2 coins are offered.
For example, if someone wants to pay a merchant with five cent coins, they can only pay up to $5 worth of five cent coins and any more than that will not be considered legal tender.”
Here is section 16 from the Currency Act 1965:
“CURRENCY ACT 1965 - SECT 16
(1) A tender of payment of money is a legal tender if it is made in coins that are made and issued under this Act and are of current weight:
(a) in the case of coins of the denomination of Five cents, Ten cents, Twenty cents or Fifty cents or coins of 2 or more of those denominations--for payment of an amount not exceeding $5 but for no greater amount;
(b) in the case of coins of the denomination of One cent or Two cents or coins of both of those denominations--for payment of an amount not exceeding 20 cents but for no greater amount;
(c) in the case of coins of a denomination greater than Fifty cents but less than Ten dollars--for payment of an amount not exceeding 10 times the face value of a coin of the denomination concerned but for no greater amount;
(d) in the case of coins of the denomination of Ten dollars--for payment of an amount not exceeding $100 but for no greater amount; and
(e) in the case of coins of another denomination--for payment of any amount.
(2) For the purposes of subsection (1), a coin shall be deemed to be not of current weight if it has become diminished in weight by wear or otherwise so as to be of less weight than the weight prescribed as the least current weight of that coin.
Thus, I should have had my money accepted. Arguably I could have paid with $1 coins, plus the 35 cents. Now the significance of this is that it is a microcosm of the end of civil society. The law is not known or is not respected for efficiency purposes, as coin payments take time. Then this is a licence for ultra-rude Gen Z snowflakes to be rude to the elderly.
Anyway, writing this out, I lost my interest in going back and stating my rights. All that would do is to have security deal with me. Better to go hungry. Everybody has one or more of these incidents happen to them. Dentists that deliberately drill teeth close to the roots, so that the tooth will eventually get an abscess, under the presence of “saving teeth.” I would go on, but the reader will certainly have their own story. What has been destroyed is the social capital that once existed in a smaller homogeneous society. Mass cosmopolitan society becomes nothing more than a consumer cesspool. Beyond the social critique this is a microcosm of the war against cash. First make $1 and $2 virtual junk, then work up the list. In the end cash becomes an inconvenience.
Still, as covered in my previous article, Morrison is well down the road of the big agenda of cash elimination if we do not stop him, within days.