20 minutes ago, the Mt Eliza CFA fire truck went slowly down my street. I thought "WTF?" and walked outside. There were CFA people on foot with collection tins. A lot of people in the street walked out. It was a collection for the Royal Melbourne Hospital Some people gave them some coins.
Now, what on earth has this story got to do with a cashless economy?
Well, I haven't touched a physical note or a physical coin for about 10 years. Well, to be honest that isn't 100% true. I have to dig out some spare coins from behind the couch each time I get my hair cut. But that has been my ONLY use for physical cash over the last TEN years. So, naturally, I had no coins to put in the CFA's charity tins, sadly. My personal economy is 99.9% digital and virtual. For me all physical cash is as dead as the gramophone. So I couldn't give them any charity. Not because I didn't want to.
I tend to "give something back" in other ways. I will buy something such as on the blender site to support blender. [ the last time I posted that on a forum I got 500 trolls saying blender is not a charity blah blah so if you want to be a smart alec just don't, okay?] I also give my time to projects such as Crossover to get Windows programs working on Linux and MAC.
I'm cashless. Haven't used an ATM since 2008. I would be happy if all physical cash vanished. OK, I know the pivacy issues etc but for me I would be happy.