Is anyone else having this problem? Why are businesses reluctant to take cash? It is nearly impossible to pay for regular bills using paper money now. A couple creditors tried to charge me a fee for them handling cash. I got stubborn a while back when buying ballet tickets. I didn't want to buy them online using a card, plus they charged a "convenience fee" of $20 per ticket. I didn't want to pay $100 just in fees, and I wanted to pay cash. They said that if you bought the tickets in advance, it would be $5 cheaper than buying them at the door and guarantee the seats, so the logical thing to do was...go to the ticket office and buy the tickets there, plus I wouldn't have to pay the convenience fee. YAY! So we put gas in the car, get stuck in a traffic jam on the way downtown, get there, and they charged $15 per ticket for a handling fee for buying them from a human! But...they hadn't lied, there wasn't a convenience fee. We had the same issue at the airport recently. I took cash in to pay the baggage fees. They wouldn't take it. Even though the tickets had been paid for with a card (again, no cash allowed) they still insisted the baggage fee be paid for with a card. Oddly enough, the same airline didn't charge baggage on the way back and said the first two bags are never charged on that airline...HMM but that's another story, the point is... I don't get how any business can get away with either refusing to take cash or charging a fee to accept cash. Where I pay my phone bill, they won't even let you pay it to a person. You HAVE to pay it to a machine or they charge you. They *claim* you can pay the machine cash, but the cash part has never worked in all the time I've been a customer and they always say they can't take cash at their registers and they'll have to charge you the fee if you come up and pay them with a card, though if the credit card part of the machine won't work, they'll let you come pay at their register without paying the fee. There's really just no way now to get along without a debit card and now that I've resigned myself to that, they're starting to make it to where you can't really get along without a credit card. If you get a room at a hotel, they'll debit a crazy amount to your card at a lot of them "in case of damage" and you won't get refunded for a while, or may have to fight for the refund as nobody will want to take responsibility for it not going through and will say the bank is the one to refund the transaction after the hold and the bank will say it's on the hotel and you'll go in circles. Some hotels can't even be rented at all without a credit card. You can't rent a car now without a credit card. Period. They just won't let you. I almost threw up at that when I was stuck somewhere. I had the money. Cash. They said no. I had a debit card and plenty to cover it, had car insurance, nope. Not good enough. The rules are that you have to have a credit card. Why should we have to have all this plastic? Everywhere I go, they don't want cash, they want a credit or debit card, then when they get that they say they have to see state issued identification, sometimes two different forms to prove who I am, when all I'm doing is giving THEM my money that I didn't feel that great about parting with anyhow, then they make me feel like I have to prove I'm not some criminal and am properly government certified to be who I say I am and be all grateful that that they're deigning to accept my lowly wages for their product. WHAT MADNESS IS THIS?! Sometimes I just want to pay my electric bill or sleep in a bed when I'm away from home. I shouldn't have to be "processed" and reviewed and government approved just to be able to spend my own money in my own way in my own country!