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Short North short on cash: Card-only bagel shop stirs controversy

As plastic continues to be the preferred method of payment, businesses, like Lox Bagel Shop in the Short North, are beginning to adopt it as their only accepted form of tender.

However, not everyone is supportive of this newfangled policy.

“Start taking cash. You’re not making the short north safer for anyone but rich people. It’s f*cked up.” –@cyber_siren

It’s comments like these that have begun to populate of Lox Bagel’s Instagram feed.

On another post, Instagrammer @martnhugo asked “Why are you cashless?!?” to which @theloxbagelshop replied:

“a number of factors lead us to this decision primarily the safety of our team. Secondarily efficiency and process improvement. We have had some solid conversations about this of late and we continue to look forward to more of those conversations sharing all sides to this decision.”

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@james.d.payne didn’t seem to like that answer, though.

“I worked in the Short North a decade ago for years, handling money, walking to the bank, alone. The neighborhood is now about as “safe” i.e. gentrified as Disneyland. If you don’t think opening a business in a city and serving all of its people is possible, don’t do it. Being cashless is anti-sex worker, it’s anti-immigrant, it’s anti-poor, it’s anti-other under the table workers in your own industry! And to do it in the Short North? For shame.”

@tomtom1102 seems to like the policy though, leaving the comment, “STAY CASHLESS!!!!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍”

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