Should Australian Federal Government Mandate That All Shops Have EFTPOS/Electronic Payment Options?
Every time I walk past a whole bunch of eateries, in particular in the more ethnic parts of Melbourne the stores either-
- accept cash only
- say the machine is "broken"
- make you pay a surcharge for the use of the machine
With the latter, sometimes the added cost is reasonable, other times not so.
Whilst we can all agree that big businesses who pay no or next to tax are detrimental to our economy, so are the steady stream of small shops who refuse to do the right thing.
Personally, I'd love to open a cafe, but I know that I would never be able to compete with immoral operators, who live in the cash economy.
What I'm proposing is that federal government make is illegal not to have functioning electronic payment options, that the banks offer the service for a piecemeal amount, say $50 per month and that shops therefore no longer have surcharges.
What do you think?