While Italy is excusing stores from accepting credit cards, Denmark has taken a step in the opposite direction, levying a heavy fine on a cafe that refused to accept cash payments.
The cafe, in Copenhagen, banned cash for four months, but returned to taking cash in February after charges were filed by the state consumer ombudsman, who charged that the no-cash rule violated Danish laws protecting the use of cash, and the charges were upheld last week by Copenhagen City Court.
The law requires accepting cash from 6 am to 10 pm, except for online transactions or at an unstaffed location such as a self-service gas station.
The cafe justified its rule by citing dangers from the Covid pandemic, the danger of a possible break-in, and the lack of change. It is unknown if the cafe will appeal.