As the city council polishes up a piece of legislation that would ban “cashless” retail, an early adopter of card- and app-only transactions has indicated it will be reversing course.
The fast-casual eatery Sweetgreen announced in a blog post on Thursday it would transition away from its cashless policy, which its stores adopted two years ago. The national chain has 22 locations in the New York metro area, centered mainly on Manhattan and in parts of Brooklyn.
Opponents to the practice complain the policy is discriminatory to customers who rely on cash—typically poorer and older residents. Similar to measures adopted by Philadelphia