Post by Michael Trew Post by Beaver Fever
Many places won't accept cash.
I thought that was illegal.
If you are a business, it is illegal to not accept US legal tender
(cash) as payment for a service. That being said, it's not illegal
to refuse service unless you pay up front with another payment
Wrong, wrong, wrongity wrong. If you had made this post to AFU we'd
be drawing, quartering, and keel hauling you.
[official federal reserve post]
Is it legal for a business in the United States to refuse cash as a form of payment?
There is no federal statute mandating that a private business, a
person, or an organization must accept currency or coins as payment
for goods or services. Private businesses are free to develop their
own policies on whether to accept cash unless there is a state law
that says otherwise. ====
Did you read my post? Here, I'll make a quote from your link:
"Section 31 U.S.C. 5103, entitled "Legal tender," states: "United States
coins and currency [including Federal Reserve notes and circulating
notes of Federal Reserve Banks and national banks] are legal tender for
all debts, public charges, taxes, and dues." This statute means that all
U.S. money as identified above is a valid and legal offer of payment for
debts when tendered to a creditor."
Let me now bring forth an example. I take my car to the mechanic, and
the mechanic does work to my car. I sign the paper, and I now owe the
mechanic a debt. The mechanic cannot refuse my payment of cash and keep
my car... or are you suggesting that he is able to do so? If the
mechanic made me pay up front, he could have told me to pay via other
means *before* he worked on the car, and that's just fine.