I’m now one hundred and sixty six days into my year without cash and quite frankly I’ve almost forgotten what a banknote looks like in my fully cashless state. I’m pretty much mobile all the way these days – in fact I so rarely open my wallet up to take a card out I don’t know why I carry it around with me. For comfort I guess.
However my quest for a year without cash almost came unstuck last night when walking home from a solo night out in Tunbridge Wells whilst my better half is ‘away with the girls’. The thing was being a little bit ‘under the influence’ I really fancied a cheeky doner kebab and so walking past the Royal Express I was drawn in and ordered.
Salivating a little whilst watching the kebab being skillfully prepared, we then came to the moment of truth – payment – and get this they don’t take cards in the shop – only CASH!
What does one do ? The kebab is there waiting to be eaten.
The kebab shop owner not releasing it until rightly he is paid. “I have no cash” I told him. “There’s an ATM across the street” he told me.
Noooo! It can’t end like this – I’ve been doing so well. But I really want the kebab.
And then digital technology and apps came to the rescue. The shop owner told me I could order on line with Just Eat and click and collect my kebab. Genius idea. ‘Cashlessness’ saved!
Although I had then to go through the somewhat lengthy process of downloading the app, completing registration etc – with the help of the shop owner’s borrowed spectacles it all worked out in the end.