Recently, I published this letter in my local newspaper:
"The other day when I paid a restaurant tab with cash, I was rewarded for relying on paper instead of plastic.
"The bill came to something and 50 cents and so I added two quarters to the bills to avoid getting any coins. The hostess returned with my change, which included a nickel. I checked the bill to make sure she had not erred and discovered that I had received a $3.04 discount for cash. Not only was I rewarded for using cash, the hostess rounded up.
"I’d like to see more businesses offer a discount to people using cash."
Read more here: http://www.centredaily.com/2015/08/24/4889776/letter-to-the-editor-reward-customers.html#storylink=cpy
I figured that was the end of it. But then the owners of two restaurants asked me about the restaurant giving the discount and one of the owners revealed that there had been a court decision that allowed discounts for cash. I had no idea.
More recently, I was pumping gas in the Rochester, New York, area and noticed that the station had a discount offer (see photo). Unfortunately, I noticed it too late.
I’m beginning to think we’ll see more discount offers in the months ahead.
I am a freelance writer and photographer and retired journalism professor. In my first newspaper job more than 50 years ago I wrote a sports column titled The Spectator (Caslon typeface). I thought I'd resurrect the title, which was and is in honor of Addison and Steele.
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