Juice shop owners in Melbourne’s CBD are refusing to accept credit or debit cards to take orders from customers.
The move has drawn criticism from businesses and consumers concerned about the rise of credit cards.
“I’m not going to accept any payment card unless I have a credit card, so I don’t accept money,” one woman told Al Jazeera.
“It’s a bit like an ATM, so we have to be very careful with what we do.”
The ABC’s Elizabeth Balfour reported from the city’s CBD, where some customers have complained of customers being asked to sign in using a fake name and card.
“What you’re basically saying is you’re going to do the business of paying people, but then the people are going to have to sign their name and ID in?” she said.
“You’re basically doing the business for them, but you’re actually paying them to do it.”
The move is being labelled a ‘no-credit-card-in-juice’ policy, but some businesses and consumer groups have called it a “misleading” and “bogus” move.
“There are plenty of people who work here who are going on a daily basis, so they might not have a whole lot of time to spend in this area,” Sydney-based juice shop owner John Gaffney said.
Gaffney added that customers were also frustrated with the high prices they pay for juice.
“People just want to go and buy juice and have a bit of fun and have some fun and do some things and not have to pay,” he said.’
No-credit card-in’ policy is ‘noisy’But business owners in the CBD say they are confident that their business will remain open for business.
“We’re a little worried about what the reaction might be,” business owner Mark Johnson said.”[But] it’s the most successful business in the city.”
Gaff, who sells juice in the area, said he was “surprised” by the backlash.
“When people see a shop that’s doing a no-credit system, it’s very disruptive,” he told the ABC.
“And people want to come and buy their juice, so people are a bit annoyed, but it’s business as usual.”
No-card sales have been booming for a while now.
“The way the market is going, no-card people will be there to buy.”
This is a really good way to encourage more people to come into the city and spend money.
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